This manipulated image is based on an old photograph ( C 1890’s ) which I sourced from the Shoalhaven Historical Society.
What struck me was the look on the woman’s face. Then something to do with the barn and the hay in the background got me thinking of a manger, and then it was just a small step to have her being hit by a light beam to complete the religious theme. An annunciation is going on – but not just with this pensive milkmaid as there are other beams of light annunciating all over the region…
The cow in the left hand corner, all of the mould damaged patina in the foreground and the title ‘Milkingtime’ in the bottom left hand corner is all part of the original image.