Photo Roadshow The simple life
Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden offers peace, beauty and photo opportunities, says Justin Minns
Fountains abbey offers great photo opportunities, says Justin minns
Fountains Abbey was founded in 1132 by 13 Benedictine monks from York who were looking for a simpler existence. The ruins of the abbey are the largest of their kind in England, and viewing them offers a glimpse into what life must have been like all those years ago. The beauty of the abbey is equalled by the landscape: in the 18th century, the ruins were incorporated into an elegant water garden of ponds, statues and follies, created by John Aislabie and his son William. Today Studley Royal Park including the Ruins of Fountains Abbey is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and rightly so. This combination of abbey ruins, sweeping lakes, riverside walks, avenues of trees and a deer park is more than enough to keep any photographer happy.
Striking compositions of the abbey ruins can be obtained by stepping back and including foreground interest