On my way back to Euston Station to catch the train home last week I walked past St Pancras church and thought I would have a quick look inside. What I saw was something really quite extraordinary and it was a truly unique and spiritual experience.
Looking up the centre aisle to the Chancel, at first glance, I thought the church had installed a glass wall of water that was lit by a powerful beam of light. It was only when I got closer that I realized that it was a huge hanging sheet of semi-transparent gauze fabric, although there is also a pool of water on the floor in front of the hanging. What was more extraordinary was the sight of my shadow thrown onto this fabric. I stood there, rooted to the spot for some time, before starting to capture this scene.
The image can speak for itself. No tripod of course, and because the overall low light these were shot at ISO 800. I shot several with my Canon G10 but I also had a Nikon with an 11-16mm wide angle lens. On the viewfinder they all looked fine but back home the noise on the Canon images was very noticeable. The image shown is a Nikon image with the lens set at 16mm (film equivalent).
This installation is a revelatory feature. It is called ‘Column of Light’ by Bob Aldous and will be in place until 27 Jan 2013 – click here to go to Bob’s website for more information on this installation. Click here to go to the Church’s website, and if you have the opportunity in London within the next week, go and see it.
And who was St Pancras? I have walked past St Pancras mainline station hundreds of times and never given the name a thought. Outside the church there is a plaque that explains the origins of its name.
I would be interested to hear your comments on today’s image.