This day dawned, as every day in Ireland seems to, with drizzle; in hopes to out-drive the rain, I decided to head west, to the abandoned 12th century Lackeen Castle. Standing in a bawn, the fortified house is four stories high with easy stair access all the way up (though it does lack a roof, so the very top of the building's walls is inaccessible).
After making another set of images with a small doorway on the top floor, Ingrid and I moved into the spiral staircase, and proceeded to explore its possibilities. I've been a passionate photographer of spiral staircases since 1998, but this was one of only a couple of times I've had the opportunity to work with a model on one (the most successful session with a spiral stairway before this was in a VERY public place in Halifax).
An unfortunate side effect of working within the castle was that a chill set in pretty quickly for Ingrid; within the stairwell, the wind came in through narrow windows, oscillating between almost non-existent and a howling banshee that whipping Ingrid's hair around and stole what little body warmth remained in her. As a result, after finishing the set of images looking directly down on her, we agreed after a couple of more compositions, we'd being the session to a close (to take a break for lunch, and give Ingrid a chance to warm up).