Every year Aston Hall throws open its doors to the great ‘unwashed’ masses of Birmingham to view the magnificent mansion by Candlelight. Last week I spent the first three nights as part of the Craft Fair that accompanies the event. This is the first time I’ve attended this event and was encouraged by the attention paid to my work that I had on display. From what I could see there was also a lot of very good ‘stuff’ available from my fellow stallholders – handmade jewellery, home made jams and preserves, the largest Cornish Pasties I’ve ever seen, hand made greetings cards and much more. I also met Captain Ahab (although I didn’t know it at the time) who, with his wife, was selling their Wildside range of home made preserves.
I’ve lived in Birmingham for over 30 years and, until a few weeks ago, I’d never been to Aston Hall. When I knew I was doing the event I decided that I’d better have some pictures of the house to offer. These are what I started out with.
Amazingly, in the first two days I only sold one of these pictures! However, I’d decided to try and get a picture of the hall in darkness to see whether I could capture the essence of Aston Hall by Candlelight. This is what developed.
Because of the low sales previously, I only made two of this picture for sale…and I sold them both! What was an added (and unexpected) bonus was that each customer also bought the daytime shot as well!
There will be another three nights of Aston Hall by Candlelight this year on the 7th, 8th and 10th November and you can book tickets here.