Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside

Nowadays, cameras are everywhere and in March 2013 The Verge reported that Flickr had a total of 87 million registered members and more than 3.5 million new images uploaded daily.

I don’t take pictures for the sake of photographing. I take photographs to express what’s going on inside of me. Photography turned out to be the most handy tool.

Rumio Sato

I wonder how many of those photographs uploaded to Flickr “express what’s going on inside of me”?

Tewkesbury Abbey

I was lucky to visit Tewkesbury Abbey again last week. The internal lighting highlights the colour of the stone and I spent hours last week wandering around the abbey looking for unusual scenes.

The colour of the flowers against the more sedate hues of the abbey stone attracted me straight away.

In 1087, William the Conqueror gave the manor of Tewkesbury to his cousin, Robert Fitzhamon, who, with Giraldus, Abbot of Cranbourne, founded the present abbey in 1092. Building of the present Abbey church did not start until 1102, employing Caen stone imported from Normandy and floated up the Severn.

Virgin and Child

Wandering around the abbey I found this little chapel with an Alec Miller sculpture of the “Virgin and Child”. Alec Miller (1879-1961) trained as a wood-carver in Glasgow, my home town. Later he became a carver, sculptor, craftsman and artist. In 1931 he emigrated to California, where he had a successful career.
 Tewkesbury Abbey Ceiling

If you ever visit the abbey don’t forget to look up and you will see the beautiful vaulted roof, with its gilded Suns of York, which was commissioned by King Edward IV after the Battle of Tewkesbury in 1471.

The battle was one of the decisive battles of the Wars of the Roses and after the battle some of the defeated Lancastrians sought sanctuary in the abbey. The victorious Yorkists, led by King Edward IV, forced their way into the abbey; the resulting bloodshed caused the building to be closed for a month until it could be purified and re-consecrated.

Abbey View

By now it was getting near time for the abbey to close for the night, apart from a few staff I had the abbey to myself and I was able to get this photograph looking down from the altar to the nave. As I was lining up the camera for the photograph I started to think about all the people who had walked on the stone floor of the abbey in it’s 921 year history. Can you imagine the number of people, who were they and had anything significant happened in their lives? Of course at the time I did not know about the massacre in the abbey after the battle.



30 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside

  1. James McDonall September 15, 2013 / 17:30

    Beautiful photos of a wonderful subject. Thanks for sharing this.


  2. corneliaweberphotography September 15, 2013 / 17:37

    Love how you captured the light of the interior of the church, I sets the right mood for wandering around in this beautiful place.


    • Mike Hardisty September 15, 2013 / 19:28

      It helps that the lighting has been subtly done to highlight great areas of the abbey. Thank you for taking the time to comment.


  3. petspeopleandlife September 15, 2013 / 18:14

    The ancient abbeys, churches, and cathedrals, I think, are your forte. You seem to bring out the unique features of these places. I


    • Mike Hardisty September 15, 2013 / 19:29

      ….and yet, Yvonne, I still prefer photographing landscapes.


      • petspeopleandlife September 16, 2013 / 01:41

        Landscapes- yes I should have included those. Really fine photography either way. I reckon if I were pressed to choose which of the subjects you are best at- well I could not choose.


        • Mike Hardisty September 16, 2013 / 11:26

          I personally think I’m better at landscapes…maybe it’s because I like being in wide open spaces


  4. Lily Mugford September 15, 2013 / 19:57

    An amazing building, the architecture, the lines and the history… wow. here in Canada if something is 150 yrs old it is a rarity.


    • Mike Hardisty September 15, 2013 / 21:31

      I’m really lucky to have so many ancient monuments to photograph.


  5. fgassette September 16, 2013 / 00:58




    • Mike Hardisty September 16, 2013 / 08:38

      Hello Francine. The abbey is very photogenic and somehow the church authorities have managed to get the internal lighting just right to show off the best features of the abbey. Thank you for taking the time to visit and comment.


  6. Tina Schell September 16, 2013 / 01:20

    Here in china the iPhone camera is ubiquitous! If they aren’t shooting they’re talking on it. Nobody talks to each other any more!! Lovely shot Mike


    • Mike Hardisty September 16, 2013 / 08:47

      It’s the same all over now, Tina. See an accident, film it. Need a compensation claim, film it. Cameras are everywhere and yet if I get my DSLR out I’m looked on as some weirdo.


      • Tina Schell September 16, 2013 / 08:59

        You should see the stares I’m getting on my big lens here in china!!


  7. vastlycurious.com September 16, 2013 / 03:00

    I take photographs to capture the joy in a simple moment.


      • vastlycurious.com September 18, 2013 / 15:04

        NOPE !!!!!! : >)


  8. Andrew September 16, 2013 / 03:13

    Excellent, Mike. If only more people took photos to express what is within them then I suspect the volume on Flickr would fall somewhat!


    • Mike Hardisty September 16, 2013 / 11:34

      But I suppose Flickr or yahoo would not want it that way, Andrew. It just struck me the other day that everyone takes photographs with their phones and no one bats an eyelid.

      For example, when I was in Tewkesbury abbey I had to buy a photographers permit because I was using a DSLR, yet anyone using a phone could snap away to their hearts content without any problem at all.


  9. Janet Sunderland September 17, 2013 / 01:25

    Thanks so much for showing me the Abbey. My name, of course, is English, Northern England to be precise, and I’ve always wanted to spend time wandering the moors and uplands. I’ve visited London and it’s wonderful and all, but I so want to spend a month or two in the country. And now, looking at these photos, I feel a longing akin to homesickness! Now it seems I’ll need to start out in a north westerly direction before heading north east. Ah. My kingdom for a car!


    • Mike Hardisty September 17, 2013 / 20:48

      I’m glad that you liked the photographs of the abbey. There are so many historical buildings worth visiting and photographing.


  10. rebeccaclarkp September 26, 2013 / 10:59

    Stunning photographs. Are they HDR?


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