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This was a bit of a break from the norm for me, and one of the results of a project I set for myself this past weekend after being inspired by an article I read in Practical Photography.

While I live in lovely historic English surroundings, I was finding myself a bit uninspired by it all seeing it day in and day out. So after reading this article, I set out to explore my immediate surroundings with my camera and a Canon 50mm lens with the sole mission of coming home with a few shots which showed a new perspective.

In post-production, I decided to go a bit artsy and give the pictures a bit of grain and sepia tone to bring out the historic nature of our surroundings and the damp and gray weather we were having that day.

I was pretty pleased with the results and made a little slideshow for my blog. Needless to say, it's given me a bit of new inspiration for my photography and certainly a new perspective on my surroundings.

I really like this path because it is like nothing else I've experienced. I've seen this inside large churches, but never broken up in such a way for an outside path. At first I thought it was a bit disrespectful, since if you can see, the stones from which it is formed are actually pieces of old headstones from the cemetery. You can still see the writing on quite a few of them, sometimes only have of it, but this was the full top of the headstone. But then, I think it's better that they are being used in a peaceful setting such as this than being wasted or recycled into building material.

With all the wear and tear that comes with being on a path, unfortunately the text is now very hard to read and all I can really make out is that it was the headstone of a man called Benjamin who passed away in the 1800s.

This path is in the churchyard of St Michael's Church, a beautiful little English church set at the bottom of St Michaels village in historic St Albans.

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