It’s been my aim to capture this wonderful little castle for many years now but no matter how many times I try I just can’t seem to get it right.
I think I am finally close to being happy with it, all it needed was the square shape of medium format photography as I think it gives the photograph a lovely old world feel.
The purists will tell me it looks a little like the castle is falling over but you know what, the purists are not always right, in fact they are mostly wrong. I say “Pah” to converging verticals and hello to a picture that you find appealing.
The castle itself kind of reminds me of something out of a Brothers Grimm fairytale, it’s a real castle but very much in miniature. It’s also quite gothic in style [maybe all castles are] complete with tiny window openings and a giant wooden door. There is actually no glass in any of the windows, so that kind of just makes them openings rather than windows, doesn’t it.
Taken on a Bronica medium format film camera, filled with Kodak Tri-x 400 120mm film. Printed by my very own hands in a darkroom.
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6 thoughts on “Ashtown Castle At Last”
This is fab, Dave…looks really like the castle is moving either out of the trees or into them! Could just be my eyesight.
I see what you mean, I better go and check in the morning to make sure it is still there. What a great excuse to spend the day in the park with a camera.
Well done! I think you nailed it. The black and white suits this perfectly. I love it. Happy holidays and I look forward to seeing more you your work in 2012!
Thanks Adam, really appreciate you stopping by the blog. It’s always great to hear from other photographers. Loving some of the shots on your own blog too.
Nice composition and make it a square gave it that old mood. I also liked the window in the castle.
Thanks so much for the kind words, much appreciated indeed.
I also think the square format really suited the castle. It’s quite a strange shape in real life and is almost square like itself.
Thanks so much for dropping by.