The ‘hallowed camp’ is a collection of photographs that I return to on occasion. In the words of the Eagles, these photographs ‘can check out any time … but … can never leave’. Here is the second picture.

An open gate draws attention, invites a curious mind. My second picture is by Edwin Smith 1:

T’he Gates of Hardwick Hall’, by Edwin Smith, 1955.

Open wrought iron gates are something that I find difficult to pass without taking an interest if not a picture. Kertész did railings and their shadows very well, but open gates have a very different feel. Of my collection of wrought iron gate photographs, Edwin Smith’s is the one I return to.

An interesting PhD dissertation at the University of Sussex on decorative wrought iron can be found here.

Here is a link to the first image of this collection.

  1. Smith’s collection is held by RIBA. See also this article