Breeze, Light

Breeze, Light

For this week’s FlickrFriday challenge “Second Wind” and Macro Mondays challenge “High Key”.

To get the high key effect, I used the white space of Macro Monday’s discussion of the theme as the background, and used a full-spectrum light on the front of the fan, from off to the right. This really brought out the texture.

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Gillette Castle’s Great Room


In Gillette Castle at Gillette Castle State Park in East Haddam, CT.

This room shows off William Gillette’s theater roots, looking very much like a stage set.

Secret passage


In Gillette Castle at Gillette Castle State Park in East Haddam, CT.

Secret passageways in mansions and castles are an old dramatic staple, so of course Gillette Castle would have them. This passage leads from the Study to the foyer, where William Gillette would suddenly appear at the top of the stairs to greet guests. He would also use it to sneak out of the castle if he had any visitors he wanted to avoid. He had a network of mirrors throughout the castle he would use to see who was in Great Room before meeting them, or not meeting them.

Entryway details at Gillette Castle

At Gillette Castle State Park in East Haddam, CT.


Lighting detail.


Each window in Gillette Castle, like the doors, is unique, with different wooden mechanisms. This gear-like latch keeps the window open at different degrees.

Gillette Castle entryway

At Gillette Castle State Park in East Haddam, CT.


Stairway to the main room.


Elaborately carved wooden door with intricate trick wooden mechanical locks. Most of the doors in the building are like this, with theatrical features.


Mud room.