An abrupt, unplanned excursion to a more northern latitude has had me packing a few extra layers. The full bloom of spring in France is lagging a little here. Come with me if you like. Let's go on a little walk!
This is my favourite captured moment of the day. A peaceful shadowed place. The casual repose of the natural against the sharp shadowed lines of architectural structure and detail.
|Cliveden, Cari-Jane Hakes, 4 April 2011|
|Brick and Stone, Cliveden, Cari-Jane Hakes, 4 April 2011|
|The Water Tower, Cliveden, Cari-Jane Hakes, 4 April 2011|
|Cliveden House, South Facade, Cari-Jane Hakes, 4th April 2011|
This is a place full of axis and symmetry. The house, designed by Charles Barry (the architect responsible for the Houses of Parliament), sits high on a plinth presiding over a manicured garden stuffed with geometry.
But if you search, you find fragments of asymmetry and therein lies the soul of the place. Where the mechanical perfection breaks down and a personality begins to shine through. The armour drops and a fragility of balance can be enjoyed.
|Cliveden House, South Facade, Cari-Jane Hakes 4 April 2011|