Good Morning Everyone,
This is the interior of Lancaster Prison, situated inside Lancaster Castle. Although quite a sombre place, it has a vibrancy of geometric shapes and abstract patterns created by its metal stairways and protective covers, which I found attractive.
I had no tripod but tried to use a rail as a support.
The castle has a long history, being built on the site of an original Roman Fort at a crossing of the River Lune. Some parts of the castle are Norman in date and it has been extended or altered since then. Rather than write the whole history I will supply a fine Wikipedia link that you may wish to browse.
The castle ceased to be a prison in 2011 and so it is now possible to tour most of the castle, including the cells.
The guides have interesting tales of attempted escapes, funny stories about inmates, a great knowledge of the castle itself, including tales of the Lancashire Witches (tried and hanged here) and, it is possible to be locked in a dark dungeon, for the experience of the dark, the cold and the loneliness!
I must recommend the tour as being well worth the time and expense.
I will post a w/s showing the interior of one of the cells.
Have a happy, FREE, Sunday, Bev :-)
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mesutilgim (87354) 2014-05-04 2:01
Interesting capture with good pov and compo. A perfect TE entry with many interesting notes.
TFS and have a nice Sunday !
photographer_sg (4410) 2014-05-04 3:09
Beautiful geometry at work again!
Great composition with an excellent POV. The many interesting shapes and colours are in perfect balance and make a really attractive composition.
Really interesting notes ... though I personally would rather 'not' get locked in a dark dungeon... :o.
Thanks for sharing and have a great Sunday.
snunney (87324) 2014-05-04 3:16
It is indeed very evocative of a prison, not that I have ever visited one myself:-) You have made excellent use of the strong graphical lines offered by the stairs and landings. I also like the contrasts in tones between the top and bottom half of the image. Excellent clarity. I wish you a pleasant Bank Holiday weekend.
ikeharel (60401) 2014-05-04 3:56
Thanks Beverly for a nice note written, I am about to finish all my last-year's trip photos, only 4 left to post, so Israel on photos will be regular posts.
A prison-castle is an intriguing subject, though not easy to "digest".
Fine view upwards and use the outside light. The interior deliberatly painted by dull tones, not to give those inmates any cheerful hope, a punishment that include dull colors. Yet, you managed that fact as bright as possible, and with fine clarity.
holmertz (43289) 2014-05-04 4:09
A prison would probably never look "nice", but this is still a rather nice photo, or at least it is graphically very attractive. The steps and railings and gates create a lot of lines in almost every conceivable direction, so I guess all kinds of geometrical figures could be found here. The colours are surprisingly pleasant, but having seen lots of movies from this kind of environment I can easily imagine the sharps sounds and unpleasant noise from when this still functioned as a prison.
Sergiom (64011) 2014-05-04 5:26
On se sent presque obligée de monter ces marches qui forment une belle diagonale dans l'image. Il semble que toutes les issues soient bloquées mais il faut monter...toujours plus haut.
Noel_Byrne (26109) 2014-05-04 6:01
Nicely done to see ask these shapes and patterns in a place so some and the light makes a very nice difference to the result. Any prison I have visited are always grey and cold and depressing, but here I could really imagine this as an art gallery or visitors centre! It also kind of reminds me of those upward views we sometimes see of spiral staircases
thanks as always
batalay (36141) 2014-05-04 6:27
This photo has a different emotional impact for me. It is highly evocative of something that M. C. Esher might have created, such as Relativity (not to be confused with Einstein's "Relativity," however).
Nicou (126322) 2014-05-04 7:11
quel escai9ler et tubulures sueprbe quelle kodernit et graphsime sueprbe compo et construction métallique.
Bravo et amitié
Romano46 (18472) 2014-05-04 11:40
Ciao cara Beverley
il titolo è appropriato alla fotografia, che nella sua particolare originalità è molto ben fatta e colpisce sia per il contrasto di colori, quanto per la sua composizione.
La nitidezza ed il contrasto sono in perfetta sintonia con quanto volevi esprimere con lo scatto.
A mio parere, un foto molto ben riuscita.
Ciao e buon inizio di settimana
finlay (1549) 2014-05-04 14:04
An excellent pov that gives an eyecatching image full of so many geometrical features. Very well done for seeing the creative opportunity.
saxo042 (37596) 2014-05-05 7:03
An interesting interior view and a good note. I am attracted by the colours here, the yellowish upper part of the picture and the blueish lower part. The stairs make a fine pattern in the picture.
CLODO (31150) 2014-06-21 1:11
I have been there with my english family a few days before the TE Buxton meeting. I like the double meaning of your title (that's why there is an exclamation mark). Nice mix of steel bars and stairs, large concrete walls to retain prisonners.
Have a sunny WE
- Copyright: Beverley Robinson (Royaldevon) (31809)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2014-03-20
- Categories: Castles, Architecture
- Camera: Nikon D-300, NIKKOR AF-S 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G ED DX
- Exposure: f/3.5, 1/5 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Date Submitted: 2014-05-04 1:46