Weekly Photo Challenge: Intricate


One of the reasons I like photographing old churches is that you see many intricate patterns in the floors, stained glass windows, the stone and wood carvings.

Gloucester Cathedral Cloister

They often prove a challenge to photograph and sometimes I much prefer the simplicity of the simple old stone churches that can be found here in North Wales.

Photography has an amazing ability to capture the fine detail of surface textures. But far too often these intricate patterns are loved by the photographer for their own sake. The richness of texture fascinates the eye and the photographer falls easy prey to such quickly-caught complexities. The designs mean nothing in themselves and are merely pictorially attractive abstractions. A central problem in contemporary photography is to bring about a wider significance in purely textural imagery. – Arthur Tress

On my travels in Gloucestershire I found this amazing little 12th century. Quite simple inside with paintings of saints, coats of arms and hunting scenes from the 13th century.

Hailes Church

Although they are simple paintings there are many intricate patterns to be seen but compared to the photograph from Gloucester Cathedral above or Tewkesbury Abbey below, they really are very simple.

The Abbey Floor

I love the tiled floor at Tewkesbury but as Arthur Tress says it’s all too easy to get caught up by the intricate patterns and ruin a good photograph.

So I’m going to ask you a question…”what captures your eye the most in this photograph?”

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8 comments

    • Thank you for taking the time to comment, Karen. If I’ve got your eyes moving around the photograph then I’ve done my job. I’m glad you liked it.

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  1. Nice exposure and depth of field. Great potential for post-processing and shifting the emphasis from the floor to the bible or far altar. Thanks for posting.

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  2. I had to really study this photo and I decided the Bible stands out and then the patterned floor. I continue to be in awe of all the churches, large or small that you have photographed. All of them have so much beauty. I can not say enough about how lovely all the churches seem to me.

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  3. I think we are very lucky with the churches. Yvonne. There are so many. Every little village will have a church, sometimes two. In most cases they are old with stained glass windows, unique wood carvings and some amazing floors.

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