The photo above was of a Beech tree’s foliage on a sunny
afternoon in June, in the woods of Fort Fareham in Hampshire,
and taken as a contre Jour image (from the French meaning
With the camera pointed toward the sun or light source,
metering on the leaves allows the light to penetrate through
showing the veins and capillaries, leaving the background
dark. If the metering is carried out on the bright background
it would still be Contre Jour, but the subject, the leaves,
would be in silhouette.
Built in 1861, Fort Fareham lies just south of the town of
Fareham near HMS Collingwood. One of many Palmerston defences
dotted along the south coast, Forts span>
Brockhurst, Elson, Rowner, Grange and Gomer to mention just a few. Fort Fareham
was built as a bridge between the Gosport ones mentioned above
and the ones aligning Portsdown hill.
Fort Fareham was occupied during the second world by the Royal
Artillery on anti-aircraft duties, and also doubled as a
nuclear fallout shelter during the cold war. The MOD sold it
to Fareham Borough Council in 1965, and since then it has been
occupied by businesses such as motor repair, double glazing
and fencing contractors etc., there are about 20 units within
the walls and is a hive of activity.
Surrounding the fort is a ditch which has no water to speak
of, and the immediate area has now been reclaimed by Mother
Nature, leaving a small woodland copse with many footpaths for
ramblers to enjoy the flora and fauna with the Beech trees
being resplendent in their majestic stature.