Earlier this week I was given the rare opportunity to take photographs inside #DurhamCathedral. Unbeknown to me the public can’t take pix of its interior – I think the powers that be want to keep it as a place of pilgrimage and reflection… I suppose if that is your belief then, to be honest, you don’t want a whole host of tourists going snappy happy and spoiling your peace, which is fair enough.
I’ve always been charmed by the Cathedral, in fact by the city of Durham. The amount of people who travel the East Coast railway line, as they pass Durham, are greeted to the picture perfect view of the masterpiece of Norman architecture proudly perched on the river Wear, accompanied by the equally lovely castle swaddled in bed of greenery with the medieval city of Durham huddled below. Whenever I head home, it warms my heart; second only to crossing the river Tyne (but I am am a Geordie gal).
Since getting into photography I’ve been really excited to take pix of Durham; as much as I love #Newcastle, I wanted to see how I’d translate a historic and beautiful city in The House of Wendy style. I am very embarrassed to say that although I work in Durham it took the photography evening (which I believe the Cathedral endeavour to put on a couple of times a year – see their website for more info) to do this.
Before I share my photographs I’d like to impart some knowledge from my #google searches tonight.
Taking 40 years to build, the UNESCO Cathedral, was originally built as a monastic cathedral for the Benedictine monks (think Lindisfarne and Venerable Bede people from the North East who studied history in middle school) back in 1093 as the resting home of the shrine of St Cuthbert. The monks, unfortunately, lost their home in 1539 following the reformation.
More recently, the Cathedral was featured in the #harrypotter movies – I am lead to believe the Norman Chapter was where Professor McGonagall taught the wannabe magicians how to turn animals into goblets.
The mystery and ambience of its past, and its more recent magical happenings is what I’ve tried to capture in my pictures. To me, taking a photograph is not about creating a representation of what’s actually there, but feeling it and sharing the emotions with other people. I hope you enjoy my translation of #DurhamCathedral 🙂