Hadleigh Castle Ruins, Essex

Art photograph of Hadleigh Castle, England, by Joseph Westrupp.

Title: Hadleigh Castle.

Photo taken at Hadleigh Castle, Essex, England.

A small distance off the north bank of the Thames, there’s not much left of this once substantial castle. I sat on this project for a while trying to work out how to add something to this well-covered subject. After a few frustrating attempts, and giving it up a few times, I produced this, a kind of super-sepia take. It’s a tricky composition, but I like how the castle, tree, rocks, and clouds fit together.

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Gothic Tower of London

Art photograph of a man descending stairs at the Tower of London, by Joseph Westrupp.

Title: In Pursuit of the Devil on the Stairs.

This photo was taken at the Tower of London. The original shot was quite innocent and light. My goal in processing was to add some Victorian Gothic charm, and imbue it with a sinister narrative befitting the place. So it’s had a lot of tonal adjustment.

Apologies to the rather benign, middle-aged man on the stairs for the vilifying portrayal. You just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.

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View Toward Paekakariki, New Zealand

Art photo of hills, road, and sea, in Paekakariki, New Zealand. By Joseph Westrupp.

Title: Paekakariki.

This photo was taken at Paekakariki, New Zealand.

I took it on one of the occasions when I was itching to take photos with my new camera, but couldn’t think of a good subject. So I jumped on my motorcycle, and rode with the hope of seeing something interesting on my travels. Missions like that are hit or miss, but in this case I got a few usable images, plus a hell of a ride through the extremely twisty road on the way there.

The other picture I developed is Paekakariki Hill Road.

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Tower of London Cannon

Art photograph of a cannon at the Tower of London, by Joseph Westrupp.

Title: Defending London.

Taken at the Tower of London on my first visit to England.

Being from a much younger country, I was constantly impressed by the beautiful ancient buildings like the Tower of London (and still am, actually. That’s one of the joys of the UK). I happened to catch this interesting perspective when I glanced over the edge of a parapet. I like the juxtaposition of the casual sitters on the bench beneath what was presumably once a working tool of defensive destruction.

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Yarra’s Edge Marina, Melbourne

Art photograph of Yarra's Edge Marina in Melbourne, Australia, by Joseph Westrupp.

Title: Blue Melbourne.

Taken from a pretty ferry ride down the Yarra river, Melbourne.

This was one of few usable photos from the experience. The funny thing about beauty is that it often doesn’t translate well to photography when it seems like it should. I was once enthusiastically told about how lovely black sand looks in the sun (and it does—if the light is strong, the sparkle of New Zealand’s black sand looks 3D as you move over it), and how it would make a great photo. It probably wouldn’t.

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