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A Photographer’s Insight: An Exciting New Modern Barn Conversion in the Heart of the Brecon Beacons.

The other week Liz, Jess and I went off to see an exciting new property, Pontfaen Barn, an ultra modern barn conversion near the village of Battle on top of the mountain combining traditional, vintage items with modern minimalism.

Designers Harrell Marshal Green have taken the bare bones of a 200-year-old barn and resurrected it in the vernacular architecture of the area with an eye for natural light and a flare for contemporary art and style. Which is no surprise as one of the designers is contemporary artist, Mark Harrell.

(Images courtesy of Mark Harrell and Anthony Marshal)

Mark gave Liz, Jess and I the tour of the gorgeous C shaped barn that features high ceilings in the main living area showing off the original solid wood beams and the concertina glass sliding doors that give way to a huge amount of natural light.

Light is everywhere you go in this property and combined with the texture of the furnishings and interiors it creates a beautiful, relaxing and warm atmosphere. The warmth is also helped by the under floor heating throughout from air source heat pump and wood burning stoves that makes this place so wonderfully warm.

The day we came was a misty, atmospheric morning and would fit perfectly in Elle Country or modern interior design magazines with the muted colours and soft light of a Vermeer Painting that is so fashionable at the moment.

However my main aim this day was to make notes on the interiors, angles, scenes, views, light direction and stories that would be great to convey the luxury and style of the barn. I find these pre-visits quite helpful in planning my photography, as it is always easier go prepared, with a plan and knowledge of the area so that when it comes to shooting day, everything will go as smoothly as possible.

(Images courtesy of Mark Harrell and Anthony Marshal)

I am really looking forward to shooting Pontfaen Barn, because of the natural light and rural surroundings; it is a building with so many faces and could prove an exciting, yet rewarding challenge.

Designer, Anthony Marshal mentioned that in the summer the house is surrounded by wild pinky-purple fox gloves on the hillside with blue skies, green fields and 360 degree views from the large sliding doors and the sunshine floods the house from sunrise to sun set. It is also in part of the national park that has very dark skies and at night they shine so brightly in the dark navy blue sky.