About the Book
Castles. Fascinating architectural relics of days gone by. Some still intact, others re-built and some still a ruin. In 2012 and 2013, I drove some 40,000 kilometers across Europe by car to capture these castles on film. The most famous ones, but also a couple of very obscure ones, and everything in between.
In 2012, I only took pictures of castles in Germany, while in 2013, I also went to France, Austria, Italy, Luxembourg, Belgium, Netherlands, and the Czech Republic.
In this book all the castles I took photographs of are present; 167 in total. I visited some twenty more, but for all sorts of different reasons, I wasn't able to take pictures of those castles; hence they aren't included.
Patrick Beckers is from Maastricht, The Netherlands. He has been taken pictures since 1981, but it really became a hobby from 1987 onwards. He started his photograph-career with motor-racing pictures. These days, architecture photography is his specialty, although once or twice a year, he still turns up at motor-racing events. From 1998 til 2008, he travelled around the world to take pictures of the world's tallest skyscrapers and he even released some books on this subject. Since 2012, taking pictures of European castles has been his main objective. Many of his (architecture) pictures have been used in books, magazines, leaflets, and on other websites. His website, his photography, his publishing and other journalistic work have always been done as a hobby, with no direct means of commercial profit. The little profit, if any, he makes, he uses to update his photo equipment and to pay for his travel expenses.