“This week’s photo challenge is guest hosted by Aaron Joel Santos.
Culture. Culture is a bit of a loaded word. In a photograph, it can embody everything and nothing. So where do we draw the line? Shopping culture, hippy culture, Asian culture, Thai culture, ancient culture, and on and on. These phrases have different meanings. For me, as a working travel photographer, being able to show culture, in all of its various guises, is crucial to the success of an image.
There are obvious elements that go into making a great photograph: perspective, color, contrast, subject matter, and lighting, to name a few. But for this challenge, go for that little something extra — that piece of the image that makes a viewer want to see more — to delve deeper into the culture you’re photographing. I’ve always said that I want my photographs to make people curious. So that is your assignment here: inspire curiosity with your photography.”
Yes I have travelled to far flung places full of spice and the essence of exotic culture from India to South Africa but we should not forget our own culture and history. These are a few snaps of a weekend retreat to the splendid grandeur of times past at a great country house hotel a few years ago where we practically had full run of the place for those days….lucky as we had a feisty 2 1/2 year old then!If you are interested it is Stapleford Park Hotel tucked away near Melton Mowbray famous for its great British pork pie