Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens Book – 100th Anniversary Edition

Stan Hywet Book Cover - web

Fifteen years ago, in 2000, the University of Akron Press released an exhibit-format book, Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens, celebrating the beauty and history of the 65,000 square-foot manor house, surrounded by 70 acres of landscaped gardens, built by Frank A. Seiberling, one of the founders of the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, in 1912-1915. I was honored to contribute 75 color photographs of the gardens and manor house exterior to this book, complemented by 75 photographs of the manor house interior taken by Cleveland photographer Barney Taxel.

Early in 2014, I was invited by Gailmarie Fort, Vice President of Outreach and Communications at Stan Hywet, to rephotograph the gardens and exterior of the manor house, both of which have undergone extensive restoration and other changes during the past 15 years. During the four seasons in 2014, I visited Stan Hywet several times each month, and produced more than 500 new photographs of this magnificent estate, including a number of photographs of the manor house interior. About 90 of the best of these images are included in a 100th anniversary edition of Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens, which was released this month by the University of Akron Press.

Manor House, Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens
Manor House, Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens

All of the photography for the original, 2000 edition of the book was taken with color transparency film, mostly Fujichrome Velvia and Provia, using a variety of 35mm, 6x8cm, and 4×5-inch cameras. For the anniversary edition of the book, I made all the photographs with Nikon D7100 and D800E digital SLR cameras, and a variety of Nikon lenses, from 12mm to 300mm.

The English Garden, Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens
The English Garden, Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens

Because the dynamic range of my Nikon digital SLRs is significantly greater than the dynamic range of color transparency film, I was able to handle high-contrast scenes such as the English Garden photograph shown above much more effectively, and the ability to combine multiple exposures using high dynamic range (HDR) techniques provided additional control that was not available with color film. This was especially important with the images I made of the manor house interior, in which I wanted to use only the ambient lighting in the rooms, with no added artificial lighting, to preserve the quality of the light as it would have been experienced by a visitor to Stan Hywet during the period when it was home to the Seiberling family.

The Library, Manor House, Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens
The Library, Manor House, Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens
Manor House from Northwest, Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens
Manor House from Northwest, Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens
Birch Allee, Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens
Birch Allee, Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens

Signed copies of the new book may be purchased for $44.95 from Molly’s Gift Store at Stan Hywet, and from this website.

For additional information on Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens, visit their website.

 

 

 

 

 

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