This past weekend, I was privileged to join a small group of photographers led by John Barclay, to photograph at Fonthill Castle in Doylestown, PA. Fonthill Castle was built between 1908 and 1912 by William Henry Mercer. Constructed mainly of reinforced concrete, Fonthill Castle is a wondrous assemblage of towers and turrets, and the entire interior is decorated with colorful tiles, some of which were made in Mercer’s own tile works. Normally, interior photography is not allowed at Fonthill, but John has a strong working relationship with the people who manage and care for the castle, and they allow him to bring the periodic workshop group through to photograph in the morning before the regular daily tours begin.
During the shoot, I mentioned to John that despite the colorful tiles thoughout, I saw much of what I was shooting as black and white images. To that end, I made black and white conversions of almost all the shots I have processed from the shoot. You can find them here. I am fairly pleased with them, but I feel I need to work on my black and white technique some more. Look for some more black and white in the coming days as I am heading to Charleston, SC in the morning for a week of shooting with Tony Sweet. I will post what I can from the week’s critique sessions.
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