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.


52/2013 Week 37

Wildlife photography, you either love it or hate it. Most of the time I hate it. It can be so frustrating and most of the time I shoot quantity over quality.

52/2013 Week 37

But occasionally I get something I like, like this Meerkat. OK!  It’s shot in a zoo, but it can be just as demanding there to get a good one, You still get movement, but usually you can get a little closer, which helps a great deal. But is it wildlife photography?

52/2013 Week 36

Do you ever set yourself a project and then find you’re continually chasing to catch-up? That’s the way it been with this years 52/2013 Challenge. It’s not that I’m failing to get the weekly photograph, more the time required to process the photograph, post it to Flickr and then write the blog post.

52/2013 Week 36

It doesn’t help if you don’t have access to the internet like I had the last week. I knew I was going on vacation, I knew there was no access, but I still missed not using it. Maybe I’ve come to rely on it too much? What about you. Do you feel lost if you can’t get on-line?

Anyway for this weeks challenge, I took this photograph of Tewkesbury Abbey from the opposite side of the river. Most visitors to the Abbey never see this. What I like about it is the bench and tree on the river bank provide some good foreground interest.


Weekly Photo Challenge: An Unusual POV

What’s the best way to show the beautiful features of the ceiling in a 12th century building?

I’ve just got back from a short trip to Tewkesbury and the Cotswolds. The abbey at Tewkesbury is one of the best religious buildings I have ever photographed and the Cotswolds is famous for its areas of outstanding natural beauty. But for this weeks challenge I’m going to show you a photograph taken in the abbey.

Weekly Photo Challenge: POV

The Abbey Church of St Mary the Virgin, Tewkesbury, (commonly known as Tewkesbury Abbey), in the English county of Gloucestershire, is the second largest parish church in the country and a former Benedictine monastery. It is one of the finest examples of Norman architecture in Britain, and has probably the largest Romanesque crossing tower in Europe.

Walking round the abbey, you can find so much to photograph, I spent nearly 5 hours there. The artwork on the ceiling is very intricate, but, because the abbey is so tall you don’t half crick your neck trying to view it…

…and that’s where the mirror comes into its own. By looking in the mirror you can view the magnificent ceiling of the abbey easily.

Not the easiest thing to photograph though, I had to get a lens cloth out to polish the fingerprints off the mirror and for some reason I had difficulty getting the camera to focus sharply, but here it is anyway. A different POV for the ceiling in the abbey.

Have you ever seen anything like this? Or perhaps you’ve found something that helps to display unique features in a building?