The camera never lies… Or does it !?!?…

What The Dickens

Is it real, or is it a model ???…. Well actually it’s kinda both… lol… This was a scene shot in Dickens World, which is an indoor life-size representation of  Dickensian Britain… complete with Dickensian actors, and extracts acted out from some of the many novels of Charles Dickens…  and enough to entertain the kids for an hour or two, which is always a plus… ;)

It’s not really large enough or involved enough to provide much more entertainment than that though, but it has given me a taste for re-reading some classic literature that I never really “got”, when I was forced to read it back in school… Great Expectations here we come…. unless anyone can suggest a better Dickens novel to read… :)


23 responses

  1. Samir

    Awe evoking!

    September 2, 2010 at 7:07 pm

  2. I feel like the sun should be coming up on the scene and Scrooge should be leaning out the window to ask, “What day is it?” :-)

    September 2, 2010 at 8:01 pm

    • Lol.. Well it was the kids accusing me of being Scrooge when I wouldn’t buy up the complete gift shop for them… ;)

      September 2, 2010 at 8:17 pm

  3. That is cool! It’s life-size? It looks like a small model… or not even that, your processing makes it look like and ilustration.

    September 2, 2010 at 9:19 pm

    • It is indeed life-size, all located around this large market square… and those are real people… I wasn’t going for illustrative, but I’m happy you think it has that quality… :)

      September 2, 2010 at 11:34 pm

  4. aswirly

    Dickens World? um… I think I’d rather go to Disney World ;) hehe… This is awesome B. Really an amazing scene and the sepia works perfectly. You’ll have to tell me how Great Expectations is ;)

    September 2, 2010 at 10:10 pm

    • And there’s me thinking you’d find Disney Land more convenient… lol.. Mind you, I’d happily swap either for Dickens World… And are you telling me that you’ve never read Dickens !?!?!…. And you the literary expert… Shame on you… lol…

      September 2, 2010 at 11:38 pm

  5. Beautiful shot, I like the post processing here it really works with your story. Yeah, a few years back, I was into reading some of the classics and decided to reread Great Expectations, it was the best of times, it was the worst of times..great book

    September 3, 2010 at 3:36 am

    • LOL… Well I know I read it as part of my English Literature coursework many years ago, but I really didn’t take it in at the time as I was purely in to reading horror back then… and Dickens didn’t quite fit in that category… I think I’ll give it another read now I’m older and wiser… lol..

      September 3, 2010 at 5:04 pm

  6. Great shot, the processing suits it. I’ll admit to not being a huge Dicken’s fan though… Great Expectation annoyed me.

    September 3, 2010 at 2:09 pm

    • Well I do recall when I read it first time around I absolutely hated it, and only read it under duress to pass an English Literature exam… I was far too busy reading James Herbert novels at the time… lol… I might give it another go though, especially as it’s setting is very local to me…

      September 3, 2010 at 5:09 pm

  7. That is quite the magical setting! You’ve done a great job evoking the Dickens’ feeling.

    September 3, 2010 at 10:13 pm

    • Thanks Tracy, well the kids certainly enjoyed themselves for a while, especially my eldest, as she was asked to take part in one of their plays…

      September 4, 2010 at 9:02 pm

  8. Val Erde

    Interesting. But… where the Dickens is it?

    September 4, 2010 at 1:30 am

    • Ahhh… lol, now it would be in Kent, where he spent many a year… In Chatham to be specific… Pretty close to where he apparently based most of his novel Great Expectations…

      September 4, 2010 at 9:06 pm

  9. angelcel

    Wowee, this looks fun. I like this kind of thing. It’s nice to be transported to another time and place for a while and that will have been a good history lesson for the children.

    I don’t read much but when I do it tends to be classic literature, yet I’ve just realised that I haven’t delved into Dickens’ writing at all! Maybe I should start with Great Expectations as I remember loving the old film with John Mills. …Very atmospheric …like your photo. :)

    September 5, 2010 at 10:57 am

    • Thanks so much Jayne… The kids did indeed love it, and I too love taking them to places where they can grab a slice of history… Fortunately we’ve got a few of them around here… :)

      September 5, 2010 at 11:47 pm

  10. Might just be a model, but it is a great and moody image. Nice vision!

    September 22, 2010 at 3:14 pm

    • Thanks Bob, it was quite impressive to see, if only a bit on the small side…

      September 26, 2010 at 10:32 am

  11. Love the mood in this – small is also very beautiful :D

    September 26, 2010 at 8:37 pm

    • Cheers Brian… Small the whole place is, but it is still a life size indoor reconstruction of Dickensian England..

      September 26, 2010 at 10:06 pm

  12. bluebearyjoy

    I love this photo! It is absolutely perfect! Is there any chance I could put this in a play my drama group is doing? I would have to remove the watermark, but I would mention FS Photography in our program.

    November 19, 2012 at 12:08 am

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