'Ludlow Castle from the Tiltyard', photograph by Benjamin Brecknell Turner

'Ludlow Castle from the Tiltyard', photograph by Benjamin Brecknell Turner

Benjamin Brecknell Turner
'Ludlow Castle from the Tiltyard'
England
1852-1854
Albumen Print from paper negative
Museum no. PH.28-1982
© Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Turner's approach to photographing Ludlow Castle is characteristic of his working methods. He almost stalks its different aspects, establishing the setting, orienting the viewer and then gradually moving closer. The prints were sequenced in his album in order of increasing close-up. With this print he chose (unusually for him) to trim it to an arched top - a standard compositional format used in this case to hide a defect at the edges of the negative.