Tuesday, 4 October 2011
I'm a bit late in posting this next series of photos, taken when I went down to visit my mother over the August Bank Holiday weekend. It's always good to go back 'home'. I tend to forget how attractive much of the Nottinghamshire countryside is.
One of the jewels in its crown is this wonderful old minster church in Southwell (pronounced by the locals as Suth'll) - the Cathedral and Parish Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary. It stands on the site of a Roman villa and an Anglo-Saxon church. The present building was begun in 1108 so in parts it is over 900 years old. It's a lovely solid church, grand, with huge Norman arches inside, but also intimate in feel. Its lead-covered 'pepperpot' towers are unique in England.
We went to see an exhibition of landscape photography in the Minster - 'Masters of Vision' - which was well worth the visit. The photographs, by a number of 'emerging' British photographers - were rich and varied, from virtual abstracts to almost chocolate-box perfection. Looking at other photographers' work both inspires and slightly intimidates me! It's plain to see that technical excellence, a great eye for composition and sheer good fortune with the lighting conditions all play their part in making great photos. We can learn the first two with a bit of effort, but when all three come together... well, I think it's the quest for those moments that makes photography such a seductive endeavour for me.