Exhibition showing Capability Brown’s work

He spent more than a year capturing the beauty of one of our region’s Capability Brown gems.

Exhibition showing Capability Brown’s work

A tree in the park grounds is bathed in glorious sunshine in this photograph

And now the dreamy photographs of Graham Colling, all taken in the grounds of Weston Park, are going on show.

Graham toured the stateley home and grounds, on the Shropshire-Staffordshire border, as a homage to the famous landscape architect. Weston Park is this year marking the 300th anniversary of the birth of the designer, who created the grounds of the park near Shifnal at the commission of Sir Henry Bridgeman..

Mr Colling will be showing his photographs in an exhibition at Weston Park’s Granary Art Gallery, opening on September 1.

Gareth Williams, curator and head of learning to the Weston Park Foundation, said: “I have never seen photographs of Weston Park that stir the emotions more than those captured by Graham. 

Capability Brown photography
The greenery casts long shadows at Weston Park, with the stately home in the distance

“They remind us of what it is that makes a Capability Brown landscape such a stunning spectacle as the natural beauty evolves from one season to the next.”

Mr Colling said: “I’ve been trying to capture the vision that Capability Brown had all those years ago when he set out his plans for Weston; the tree planting, the follies and the ponds that were all part of his grand scheme.

“As a result I’ve spent a lot of early mornings at Weston, often arriving before dawn. It’s a great privilege to be in the park before anyone else; sharing the space with the wildlife, but rarely anyone else, absorbing the surroundings and patiently waiting to capture that perfect moment.

“At times the estate has been bathed in sunshine and at other times dusted in snow, but always looked absolutely magnificent.”

The exhibition takes place throughout September in the Granary Art Gallery, with free entry. For further information on Weston Park and the Granary Art Gallery visit www.weston-park.com

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