Server – Whitby Castle

I don’t take a lot of pictures of furniture, but this one caught my attention for some reason.

It was taken inside Whitby Castle, originally the home of William P. Chapman and named after Whitby Abbey in England because it is said that some of the original stones from the Abbey are now encased in the walls of the castle. In 1896 it was sold to the Park family who in 1921 sold it to the City of Rye who combined it with the Allen estate and it became Rye country club. It has a chapel built upstairs which has a unique stained glass window.

It doesn’t really look much like Whitby Abbey, which has something of a spooky reputation since it was features in Bram Stoker‘s Dracula.

I’ve already done a few posts on Whitby Castle:

Taken with a Sony RX-100 M3.

Remains of a car in the woods

If you head from the parking lot at Woodlands Legacy Field Park in Yorktown Heights in the direction of Granite Knolls you eventually pass across a bridge over the Taconic parkway. Continuing along the trail you soon come to these remains. The steering wheel is on the right side of the trail and a big piece (see first picture below) is on the left. Another couple of pieces are further into the woods on the left side of the trail (see second picture below).

When I first came across this (April 2014) my initial reaction was: “How did they get it there?” followed quickly by “Why would you bother?”. Since then the remains have been deteriorating. For example the steering wheel used to be in the car, now it’s on the other side of the trail.

I don’t know much about cars and I really have no idea what this once was although the last picture reminds me a bit of a Volkswagen Beetle.

Taken with a Sony RX100 M3.

Urn and Column

Taken during a visit to Staatsburgh State Historic Site in September, 2016.

Although I didn’t do it consciously, looking at these pictures now I realize that I was, once again, trying to emulate the beautiful pictures of my photographic hero: Eugène Atget. Somehow, however, I can’t get it. His photographs are for the most part quite simple. It seems as though anyone should be able to emulate them – but you can’t (or at least I can’t) and I can’t quite figure our why. It’s certainly not his gear, which was obsolete at the time he was using it (although any large format camera will produce a ‘look’, which is completely different from the one I get using a much smaller format). I think it must be an innate understanding of composition that I lack.

Take with a Sony NEX 5N and Sigma, 30mm f2.8.