Decorative detail

_DS83629Cathedrals are architectural masterpieces. They span the centuries. They are exemplars of the skill of stone masons, carpenters and craftsmen, and the product of the vision of the architects that planned, designed and oversaw the construction of these vast buildings whose soaring naves defy gravity. It is hard to imagine the toil of those who built these magnificent buildings and the hardships they must have suffered, not forgetting those maimed or killed through accident.

Chichester Cathedral is described in its Welcome leaflet as ‘a work of art’. An understatement. Building commenced in 1076 (just ten years after the Battle of Hastings and the Norman Conquest), and was completed in 1108. Subsequently there has been additional building at various times during the following nine centuries.

The beauty of such places is  not measured solely in the overall scope of the interior or exterior, but is to be found in the small details too – aspects that too often we take for granted and pass by without a second glance. An example being the decorative stone work that surrounds the great West Door of the Cathedral – a small section of which is depicted in the image above. And in addition to being a detail ‘of’ this Cathedral, it stands on its own as a simple repeated pattern.

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About LensScaper

Hi - I'm a UK-based photographer who started out 45+ years ago as a lover of landscapes, inspired by my love of outdoor pursuits: skiing, walking and climbing. Now retired, I seldom leave home without a camera and I find images in unexpected places and from different genres. I work on the premise that Photography is Art and that creativity is dependent on the cultivation of 'A Seeing Eye'. I'm not averse to manipulating images to produce derivatives that may sometimes be far removed from the original.
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12 Responses to Decorative detail

  1. shoreacres says:

    I’ve been admiring the various blue-and-brown combinations provided by nature as winter turns to spring. This is equally lovely, and, in fact, comes from nature, too: albeit natural stone shaped by human intent.

  2. alan frost says:

    It is indeed a ‘work of art’. There is so much lovely detail which makes up the whole. A very fine Cathedral.

  3. Lisa Gordon says:

    These colors and textures are wonderful!

  4. Exquisite mix of subtle colours, beautifully captured. Well done. 🙂

  5. Len says:

    At first I thought these were the bark of trees. Great textures = the age comes through the photo.

  6. sixpixx says:

    Great colours, great texture and especially, for me, great repetition – how did they work with such symmetry on such unwieldy material with such basic tools.

    • LensScaper says:

      Yes, indeed – we fail to understand, often, how remarkable these buildings are for precisely the reasons you mention – and they are still standing centuries later. Many thanks for your comment.

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