A Staffordshire Lane
Photographer: Northwood, W.
Medium: Photographic print
Prize-winning photograph in the 'Inland Scenery With Or Without Figures' category of the 'Amateur Photographer' Monthly Competition No. 35, May 1892
"'A Staffordshire Lane' (W. Northwood, Wordsley - Silver Medal). One of the most charming pictures produced by the photographic agency that we ever recollect seeing. The grouping of the sheep is most natural and effective: those in the foreground are most happily placed, and seem quite oblivious of the photographer and his apparatus. This picture is a good illustration of what may be done with somewhat prosaic material by the skilful intorduction of animals or figures; remove the sheep, and we have a very ordinary bit of country road, well selected, but commonplace. Notice, too, how wonderfully the effect of perspective is strengthened by the diminishing size of the sheep as the middle distance is more worthily won. A Lancaster's International camera and lens was used, and a cap-off-and-on exposure given upon an Ilford plate."
Text from "The 'Amateur Photographer' Album of Prize Photographs, 1893"