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By WeeGeordieLass    
Took a very interesting tour of Lancaster Castle - part of which, up until March this year, was used as a prison.

This is a shot of the Female Block C - looking upwards.

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Jestertheclown 9 7.7k 252 England
26 Aug 2012 10:23PM
Just has to be black and white, doesn't it?

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chavender 7 270 1 France
27 Aug 2012 7:49AM

Quote:Just has to be black and white, doesn't it?

I agree 100%
Cracking image.

27 Aug 2012 11:19AM
Hi Bren and Bill,

Thanks both for taking the time to let me know your opinions.

I think it looks more atmospheric in black & white. I wanted to portray the feeling of confinement you get when you walk through the door to that place. Urghhhh - just got shivers down my spine!!!


Philip_H 6 1 United Kingdom
27 Aug 2012 2:25PM
Wonderful and dramatic pov. Great image which definitely works best in b/w.

PinkK 9 80 1 United Kingdom
27 Aug 2012 3:45PM
Looks great in mono
27 Aug 2012 6:34PM
Hi Philip and Pink,

Thanks for your comments - looks like mono was a good call.

Glad you like it.


pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2023 United Kingdom
27 Aug 2012 7:48PM
I've looked at this quite a few times, Elaine, and am now convinced that you considered your composition extremely well and produced an exceptional image that does convey the idea of incarceration. You have included strong lines, grids and a nice curve to break up the straight lines, and have a strong dark foreground area behind which is a lighter one, and this is so effective, giving a lot of depth to the image, and by using a vertical format, a lot of height as well. You have cleverly placed the foreground stairs symmetrically in the frame, and those stairs lead the viewer's eye into and through the image so perfectly.
I usually go for colour and do like your original version, especially the touches of blue throughout. But I admit that mono works well here, and also aids in the atmosphere that you wish to create.
27 Aug 2012 8:25PM
Hi Pamela,

Thanks for giving so much time and also for your great critique.

When I walked into the prison this was the first scene that caught my eye, and like you described I was struck with the lines and curves. I knew the scene had the potential for a good shot and I'm so pleased that I've done it justice.

I like the colour version too, but think that the mono version just edges it because of the purpose of the building.

Thanks again

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