Andrew Hersom, APSA, EPSA, AFIAP  

The Crutch by Andrew Hersom, APSA, EPSA, AFIAP

June 2022 - The Crutch

About the Image(s)

This is a shot I took recently at Burton Agnes Hall (1601) in the East Riding of Yorkshire, near where we live. The lead statue of a "warrior" dates from about 1750 and as it's hollow hasn't stood the test of time very well, hence the crutch. I like the view of the house in the background and the shadow of the statue. Not much adjustment in photoshop. Taken with a EOS M50 mk11 with a 11-22mm lens at 12mm, f16.
I tooK several versions of this, what do you think of this one?

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11 comments posted

Don Hill   Don Hill
Hey Andrew. This image reminded me of a setting for a 60's spy show on the BBC (like the Prisoner), so I thought about making it black and white. I did not spend very much time on the process, but it was just my first impression. The subject is really good, and you got the angles and everything else lined up really good. My version is a little dark on the statue. your version is a good travel shot... it makes me want to visit.   Posted: 06/02/2022 22:55:34
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Andrew Hersom   Andrew Hersom
Thanks, maybe also in "The Avengers"?
I like your mono transfer and removing the crutch (I would need to remove the shadow of the crutch too).
However, this image is probably aimed for photo-travel where "fiddling" is not permitted.   Posted: 06/19/2022 12:40:55

Julie Deer   Julie Deer
Hi Andrew, Something that Australia lacks is architecture of this age! Our country was settled in 1788. I do like Don's B&W version of the image. This makes the statue stand out really well. I must say that the manicured bushes look like cupcakes to me. Have you thought of cloning out the crutch?   Posted: 06/08/2022 06:34:32
Andrew Hersom   Andrew Hersom
I wasn't swanking, just providing the dates for info. I believe your oldest building is the Elizabeth Farm in Sydney built in 1793.
The nice thing about Burton Agnes Hall is that you can walk around inside and take as many photographs as you like.
I have thought about removing the crutch but I think it adds to the "charm" of the statue.   Posted: 06/19/2022 12:52:28

Catherine Honigsberg   Catherine Honigsberg
Hi Andrew, this image really draws you in. I can imagine myself exploring through this landscape. The sky is really nice. The clipped evergreens look a little yellow to me. I might try to saturate the greens a little.   Posted: 06/17/2022 07:48:27

Andrew Hersom   Andrew Hersom
It's summer and we have little rain, so maybe some scorching of the shrubs? Enhancing the greens maybe OK, except for the photo travel requirements. I appreciate the thought, though.   Posted: 06/19/2022 14:07:09

Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
(Group 32)
I love seeing interesting shots like this, as members of these groups take us all over the world, or show us their home regions. Thank you.
My question is about the statue in this location: is is a copy of a Roman original, or is it an original, and might it have been collected by the estate owner in 1750 when they were on their "Grand Tour"?
  Posted: 06/19/2022 18:12:29
Andrew Hersom   Andrew Hersom
The Historic England website says: "Garden statue. Probably mid C18. Sandstone ashlar plinth with lead statue. Plinth oblong on plan with moulded base, panelled sides and cornice supporting statue of naked warrior running forward with sword and shield. Part of a group of C18 statues in the gardens".
There was at least one young baronet around that time (1740-60) who could well have gone on a cultural tour of Europe and acquired this (and other mementoes).
I suspect it is of C18 manufacture in the style of Roman Empire statuary but who knows.   Posted: 06/26/2022 12:56:59
Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
(Group 32)
I bet you are right about that--if you can't afford a grand tour, just buy a copy locally. Thanks for the information.   Posted: 06/26/2022 19:19:07

Jamie Carrier   Jamie Carrier
At first I wanted to focus on the statue, but the lines keep leading my eyes to the house. The crutch adds to the whole picture especially knowing the history. Nice!!
  Posted: 06/23/2022 15:16:29

Henry Roberts   Henry Roberts
Great image Andrew! I like that the statue and the background buildings are all in sharp focus. The shadows of the statue add to the beauty of the image.

I have no suggestions to make.   Posted: 06/24/2022 09:13:46