In 1995 I married my husband in our Parish Church, and recently I was invited back to take some photographs of the building… it is a beautiful church and was built in 1859. It is a grade II listed building designed by the architect Charles Edward Giles, it has been largely unchanged since it’s original construction, barring the addition of a choir vestry in 1933 and an enlargement of the Lady chapel in 1948, more details of the building can be found at: http://www.stmarks-pennington.org.uk.
I felt privileged to be in the church on my own, enjoying the space and thinking about the best way to capture the building and to tell it’s story, and I wanted to capture a different view of the church.
The churchyard of St Marks has grown since the church itself was built in 1859: expanding into Pennington common to the west of the building. This photo was taken from around the back of the church, it is not the first view that you see but it shows off the colour brickwork of the building.
I wanted to capture the details of the building as well as the scale of it – this it the lid of the font, capture with off camera flash so the background is darken and your attention if drawn to the details in the metal work.
This image was taken with 5 different exposures and my wide angle lens to capture the detail and scale of the paintings, the stain glass and the brickwork and then merged together as an HDR. It really is a beautiful building.
Another different view, the off camera flash was directed at the colour plate in an old bible and you are looking down the church to the congregation… it tells the story that we come together to share the message of the bible in this quiet and beautiful place.
When I was looking for ideas of what to photograph I came across this article about vertical panoramas in churches taken by Richard Silver and I thought I would try – I located myself in the middle of the church and took around 30 exposures rotating the camera round – it was hard guessing the focal point, balancing the dark and light spots, but for a first attempt – I am impressed and it certainly offers the church from a different view point.
More image of St Marks Church in Pennington can be found here: St Marks Church