This little stone drinking fountain, which no longer works, is on a busy trunk road on the edge of my little town. Although hundreds of people drive past it every day, it’s probably only the odd dog walker or jogger that even notice it’s there but I doubt they actually stop and take the time to look closely at it.
Now for a little history!
Built in 1859, designed by William Sugden and the project was paid for by Joshua Brough (a local silk manufacturer). It incorporated a natural spring that had been long used by the general public that lived nearby. The lettering on the front of the fountain reads “Pro Bono Publico” which comes from the Latin meaning “For The Public Good”.
The fountain was restored in 1994 and it was given a grade II listing on 14 October 1996.
Drinking Fountain c1859
Shooting Information; Canon EOS 550D & 18-55mm Kit Lens – Exposure 1/6, Aperture f/5.6, ISO 400, Focal Length 18mm.
Every photographer I know sets themselves a personal project to keep busy, keep snapping and to learn new skills/techniques. So after a few experimental snaps just over a week ago and after some thought I’ve decided to document the architectural gems in my home town. Well, I’m not a architectural photographer (my comfort zone is within the Macro & Landscape genres) so I’m hoping this project will develop some new skills. also it will force me to continue confronting my social anxiety disorder by making me go out to where there maybe crowds of people and face the hustle and bustle head on! It’s also a way of managing my depression as I can set myself a shooting schedule so I can work through those days were I feel lousy, low and don’t want to leave my bed, let alone leave the house.
There are some beautiful old buildings, domestic and commercial, that show that this little rural market town was once a hive of industrial activity. The people that live here know the buildings but just don’t see the detail or the beauty instead they walk past oblivious to them. My husband came up with the name for the project “Hidden In Plain Sight“, which I think sums up what I want to capture perfectly.. As well as visually documenting these old buildings, I thought it might be interesting to find out a little about the buildings too. What were they used for, who designed/built them, etc so along with the images I can include a little bio with them.
So I’d better get myself organised, do a little research, get out there and get snapping!