Once upon a time, there was a castle …

Opening door 7 of our Advent calendar to this fabulous image of Herstmonceaux Castle in East Sussex. The 15th century moated castle with Elizabethan gardens is one of the many historic stars in our author David Ireland’s Castles of Kent and Sussex wall calendar. Would certainly make a great Christmas gift for history buffs and lovers of English castles …

CALVENDO self-publishers in conversation: David Ireland

David Ireland’s photographic ventures started when his nephew appointed him as ‘official wedding photographer’. Since then, his camera has never been too far away and his Calvendo calendar portfolio reflects his passion for photogenic locations and motives, with castles, cathedrals and steam trains.


David, can you talk a bit about your background as a photographer and how and
when you took up photography?

About 10 years ago I was asked by my nephew to photograph his wedding but at the time only had a cheap compact digital camera. I bought a second-hand Canon 300D (which I still own) for the job. Not many days go by now when I haven’t pressed the shutter button for one reason or another. I only use my cameras fully manual now and take 90% plus photos in RAW format.

David's Anglican Cathedrals calendar, part of the Calvendo Gold edition

David’s Anglican Cathedrals calendar, part of the Calvendo Gold edition

From the Anglican Cathedrals calendar

From the Anglican Cathedrals calendar

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