Before I got really serious about the photography, I pored over tons of photography books. Before I was able to come up with a style all my own, I copied other people. I had photographs in my head that I needed to do. I needed to get them accomplished. It was like a check list.
One of those photographs from the checklist is one of a girl putting a goldfish in a pond in front of a large castle. Black and white. Realistic looking, taken in Sweden with this giant gray looking castle in the background. I have searched high and low for that photo and have tried to reproduce it from memory, but no dice yet.
That doesn’t mean that I can’t use the same style in my photos. Here for example. These are some more pictures from the weekend trip to Philadelphia of the American Philosophical Society. That I made look vaguely Scandinavian looking: