Christopher J Osborne

GalleriesElvaston Castle

Elvaston Castle exterior

Elvaston Castle is a minor stately home on the outskirts of Derby, England. The grounds are open to the public as Elvaston Castle Country Park, but the house has stood empty and unused since the 1970s and is no longer open to the public. I visited Elvaston castle in March 2022 on an excellent Royal Photographic Society workshop lead by Martine Hamilton Knight to photograph the now semi-derelict interior.

The camera used for the first set of 36 photographs was a Sony A7 MkII. I used a selection of vintage manual focus lenses: a Minolta MD W.Rokkor 35mm f1.8, a Minolta MD Rokkor 50mm f1.4 and an Enna München MC Ennalyt 1:2.5/90mm lens from a 35mm slide projector.

I also took a Polaroid SX-70 Alpha 1 camera which I used for the second set of 9 Polaroid photographs.

Through a window, light shines

Elvaston Castle gallery - Image 1
1) Lens: Enna München MC Ennalyt 1:2.5/90mm
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2) Lens: Enna München MC Ennalyt 1:2.5/90mm
Elvaston Castle gallery - Image 3
3) Lens: Enna München MC Ennalyt 1:2.5/90mm
Elvaston Castle gallery - Image 4
4) Lens: Minolta MD W.Rokkor 35mm f1.8
Elvaston Castle gallery - Image 5
5) Lens: Minolta MD W.Rokkor 35mm f1.8
Elvaston Castle gallery - Image 6
6) Lens: Minolta MD W.Rokkor 35mm f1.8

Paneling and peeling paint

Elvaston Castle gallery - Image 7
7) Lens: Minolta MD W.Rokkor 35mm f1.8
Elvaston Castle gallery - Image 8
8) Lens: Minolta MD W.Rokkor 35mm f1.8
Elvaston Castle gallery - Image 9
9) Lens: Minolta MD W.Rokkor 35mm f1.8
Elvaston Castle gallery - Image 10
10) Lens: Enna München MC Ennalyt 1:2.5/90mm
Elvaston Castle gallery - Image 11
11) Lens: Minolta MD Rokkor 50mm f1.4
Elvaston Castle gallery - Image 12
12) Lens: Minolta MD Rokkor 50mm f1.4
Elvaston Castle gallery - Image 13
13) Lens: Minolta MD Rokkor 50mm f1.4
Elvaston Castle gallery - Image 14
14) Lens: Enna München MC Ennalyt 1:2.5/90mm
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15) Lens: Enna München MC Ennalyt 1:2.5/90mm

Doors

Elvaston Castle gallery - Image 16
16) Lens: Minolta MD W.Rokkor 35mm f1.8
Elvaston Castle gallery - Image 17
17) Lens: Minolta MD W.Rokkor 35mm f1.8
Elvaston Castle gallery - Image 18
18) Lens: Minolta MD W.Rokkor 35mm f1.8
Elvaston Castle gallery - Image 19
19) Lens: Minolta MD Rokkor 50mm f1.4
Elvaston Castle gallery - Image 20
20) Lens: Minolta MD Rokkor 50mm f1.4
Elvaston Castle gallery - Image 21
21) Lens: Minolta MD Rokkor 50mm f1.4

Objects

Elvaston Castle gallery - Image 22
22) Lens: Enna München MC Ennalyt 1:2.5/90mm
Elvaston Castle gallery - Image 23
23) Lens: Enna München MC Ennalyt 1:2.5/90mm
Elvaston Castle gallery - Image 24
24) Lens: Minolta MD W.Rokkor 35mm f1.8

Main staircase

Elvaston Castle gallery - Image 25
25) Lens: Minolta MD Rokkor 50mm f1.4
Elvaston Castle gallery - Image 26
26) Lens: Minolta MD W.Rokkor 35mm f1.8
Elvaston Castle gallery - Image 27
27) Lens: Minolta MD W.Rokkor 35mm f1.8

Gothic hall

Elvaston Castle gallery - Image 28
28) Lens: Minolta MD W.Rokkor 35mm f1.8
Elvaston Castle gallery - Image 29
29) Lens: Minolta MD W.Rokkor 35mm f1.8
Elvaston Castle gallery - Image 30
30) Lens: Minolta MD W.Rokkor 35mm f1.8

Orchid house

Elvaston Castle gallery - Image 31
31) Lens: Minolta MD Rokkor 50mm f1.4
Elvaston Castle gallery - Image 32
32) Lens: Enna München MC Ennalyt 1:2.5/90mm
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33) Lens: Minolta MD Rokkor 50mm f1.4
Elvaston Castle gallery - Image 34
34) Lens: Enna München MC Ennalyt 1:2.5/90mm
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35) Lens: Minolta MD Rokkor 50mm f1.4
Elvaston Castle gallery - Image 36
36) Lens: Enna München MC Ennalyt 1:2.5/90mm

Elvaston Castle on Polaroid

All images were shot on a Polaroid SX-70 Alpha 1 camera using Polaroid SX-70 B&W film.

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