The buildings dominate this photograph, which is such an iconic village street scene, it could almost be anywhere in Devon.
Ravilious has captured a figure about to enter one of the houses which are farthest from the camera. He just appears in silhouette but has been identified as Fred Slee, who used to live in the street which was built around the 1800s and called Beaver Terrace. The street in the foreground is Higher Terrace, which continues to the right of the photograph. There used to be a large arch located in the middle of Higher Terrace, which was where horses would go through to stables behind the buildings. The arch was later ‘filled in’ with another house and the former stable area turned into private gardens.
One could argue that the photo by Ravilious is actually not very representative of Bradworthy. Not too far away there is a very large square, hailed as being the largest in the South West. Today you’ll find it packed with cars due to busy village life, a lack of garages and parking spaces near the surrounding properties lessening its impact as a big, open space. There are little streets like Beaver Terrace on the outskirts of the village, but not in the centre, making this an unusual Bradworthy scene.
In order to take the photograph, Ravilious must have had his back right up against the building behind him, which used to be a shop but is currently a doctors’ surgery.
Strong lines produced by the buildings, pavement, porches, power lines and shadows make this a striking image. The clever use of shadow could be easily taken for granted, until you try and recreate the image. The shadows are caused by the sun, but if the sun is n the wrong position you can’t see far down the street because it’s so dark. People have tried to get the light and shadow the same as in this photograph, but it’s actually very hard.