I’ve been photographing at Powis Castle on and off for the National Trust for about a year now, and I’m still finding it such an inspiring garden. I have just completed a set of spring images there, some of them black and white, and the results reminded me of the work of one of my ‘heroes of photography’, Edwin Smith. Best known for his distinctive vignettes of English gardens, landscapes, and architecture, in partnership with his wife, the artist and writer Olive Cook, he authored or contributed to numerous books during his lifetime. I began work a couple of years ago on a project about English Parish Churches (see some images here), and Edwin Smith was my inspiration then. He was a ‘quiet’ photographer, who worked with an old plate camera, and his long exposures capture the atmosphere of these dark and musty churches. I still hope to carry on shooting the English parish church, but in the mean time, here are some pictures from Powis Castle, done with a ‘nod’ to Edwin….