Fall Photography Walk, Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens, Akron – November 1, 2020

During the 1990s Cleveland photographer Barney Taxel and I were honored with a commission to produce photographs of the gardens and architecture for Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens, with text by Steve Love, published by the University of Akron Press in 2000. This elegant book recounts the story of the spectacular 65,000-square-foot mansion and country estate built for Frank A. Seiberling, the founder of the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company, in 1912-1915. Almost 20 years later, I was hired by Stan Hywet’s Communications Dept. to produce new photographs of the buildings and gardens for a centennial edition of the book, published in 2015, which celebrated the 100th anniversary of the estate. The unique combination of architecture and horticulture in this magnificent 70-acre example of America’s Gilded Age will be the setting for a 2-hour Fall Photography Walk at Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens on Sunday, November 1, from 2-4 pm.                

Sugar Maples in the Great Garden

Sugar maple, tulip poplar, tupelo, ash, birch and other trees provide a tapestry of fall color photography opportunities in the gardens at Stan Hywet. During twenty years of photographic exploration I’ve gained an intimate knowledge of the gardens at Stan Hywet, and I will share some of these special places during our afternoon photo shoot.

Tree Hydrangea Near Gatehouse

Tree hydrangeas and other flowering shrubs provide a feast of fall color throughout the gardens.

Fall color surrounds the Manor House

The distinctive architecture of Stan Hywet’s 65,000 square-foot Manor House is framed by colorful trees and shrubs in the fall.

West Terrace Window Reflection

Look closely, and you will discover a wealth of picturesque vignettes and hidden corners in Stan Hywet’s gardens, like this ivy-covered window with reflections of Japanese maple foliage on the West Terrace of the Manor House.

Japanese Garden

The picturesque Japanese Garden has been painstakingly restored to its original, 1915 design.

Oak & Japanese Maple Leaves

During the photo walk, I will share information on many of the special features of the excellent cameras built into today’s smartphones, plus lots of tips on how to elevate your fall photos from snapshots to elegant, well lit, artistically composed photographs.       

Birch Allee

The allee of white birches at Stan Hywet is a highlight of the estate gardens. In fall, the birch leaves turn yellow-gold.

Tree Reflection in Lagoon

The spring photo walk in May, 2020 was cancelled due to Covid-19, but I have been invited by Toivo Motter, Stan Hywet’s Director of Education, to conduct a fall photo walk, which has been scheduled for Sunday, November 1, from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm. The number of participants will be limited to 12 to facilitate social distancing and masks must be worn by everyone.      

For more information, visit the Stan Hywet website.

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