Photographer's Note


Another few pictures taken during our little TE meeting in Derbyshire six years ago, this time from the rather pretty and well kept little village of Tissington.

Unfortunately the weather that day was dreadful with almost constant heavy rain, but we were fortunate in that we visited Tissington during the time of its annual "Well Dressing" event.

The tradition of "dressing" the wells of a town or village by adorning them with artworks and flowers is a very old one whose origins are not completely certain. Some believe it began as a pagan custom of offering thanks to gods for a reliable water supply, while other suggested explanations include villagers celebrating the purity of their water supply after surviving the Black Death in 1348, or alternatively celebrating their water's constancy during a prolonged drought in 1615.

The artworks, usually of commemorative or Biblical scenes, are constructed in wooden frames filled with clay and decorated with natural materials such as plants, flowers and mosses. And in Tissington the tradition is for the dressings be ready for display starting on Ascension Day.

In the main photograph is Will (willperrett) who very kindly arranged our Derbyshire TE meeting - though he didn't do a very good job of organising the weather! He is admiring one of Tissington's wells decorated in remembrance of World War I.

In the workshop, a shot of a pretty garden in Tissington as well as shot of a pretty lady trying to keep dry outside Tissington Hall.

ISO 400, 1/200 sec at f/9, focal length 35mm.

And here are the co-ordinates for the location: 53.069343, -1.741336

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Additional Photos by John Cannon (tyro) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1985 W: 427 N: 7660] (30513)
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