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Photography: The Horse and Jockey

horse & Jockey edit

Today I’ve started with a artistic edit of the Horse and Jockey in Darlaston. Dave Mitchell and his partner Sharon Sadler took over this pub last week. Dave left the army last December after serving for 23 years in the first Gulf War, Bosnia, Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan. Now he’s going to run a Black Country pub.

Dave asked me to take photos on Friday and that presented problems because traffic was constantly going past. The sun was behind the pub too so the from was in shadow. I already had this picture though, I took it one morning when I was visiting the medical centre that is almost opposite.

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It was quite dark inside the pub, but I found a volunteer to help me check the light! Dave intends to redecorate and I’ll go back and take more photos. I could do ‘before’ and ‘after’ photos!

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The bar is typical of a small Black Country pub, quite small and intimate, so everyone gets to know everyone else. I think it has a lot of potential and can be an important part of the community again.

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In the lounge, Sharon wanted her picture taken with her grandchildren. This photo isn’t too bad, but I would have preferred to use the speed light and the room was quite dark.

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This one didn’t want her photo taken, but I just about managed one anyway. I think the brighter speed light would have been too bright for this shot. I have fixed the speed light now and can do multiple shots, bouncing the light off the ceiling, but I’m still going to try to get a diffuser. Both the camera flash and the speed light produce a harsh light. It’s particularly unsuitable for small children, who tend to have very pale skin and don’t like the flash anyway.

Anyway the Banks’s was good and that’s the important thing in a Black Country pub. The pub has a decent sized car park, so pop in and check the Horse and Jockey out if you’re in Darlo. It’s on the Walsall Road, as you go into Darlo from the direction of Walsall.

I should have an advert on this page for the Wednesbury Carnival. Darlaston will have their own carnival on the same day. I forget what it’s called, Party in the Park, I think. That will be in Victoria Park. The Horse and Jockey and the Vine Inn are both in walking distance if you get thirsty!

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3 Responses

  1. Pingback: Photography: Black Country landscapes | Mike10613's Blog

  2. Wow, Mike have you shown the top photo to the pub owners? They should use that in their advertising and brochures! What a work of art. I would head right to that pub if I were still living in England!

    June 12, 2014 at 00:50

  3. Hi Carolyn,

    I took that picture one morning after I came out of the medical centre. It was quite cloudy that morning, but at least there was no shadows. I think it will be a nice pub when they have it sorted out and decorated. Running a pub isn’t easy these days. I ordered a new lens for my camera today. It was £50 cheaper than Amazon, but I’ll have to order my speed light diffuser and props for my carnival photos from Amazon. I’m looking forward to the carnival now! 🙂

    June 12, 2014 at 16:03

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