This main image of Durham Cathedral in some of its glory is a few years old, and it was languishing in a box of transparencies until I discovered that, owing to major repair work to the weather beaten sandstone, Durham Cathedral is now wearing an ugly chef’s hat around scaffolding, and is off limits for full-on photos for a number of years (click on an image to open image browser).
I have a habit of shooting pictures, then storing them away for posterity, though the reasons I filed this image was because the vantage point had an ugly street lamp stuck unavoidably in the middle of the vista. At the time of shooting, I worked around the obstruction by taking the picture in two halves, gathering enough from each side of the obstacle. But at the time couldn’t be bothered piecing them back together in Photoshop and it ended up in said box.
The second problem is that (for some unknown reason) I shot this on Ektachrome slide film (instead of my preferred Fuji Film), so I’ve had to dampen the blues and boost the reds a touch (and if that doesn’t make sense, worry ye not). But what you see here is very much a real picture of a cracking scene. And yes, the crescent moon is a real one.
There now seems to be a blanket ban on any form of filming and photography in Durham Cathedral, so whilst digging around in my slide boxes – like a dog after a bone – I also scanned a few internal shots of Durham Cathedral. These images date from what was obviously a freer time for photographers, when a camera didn’t label you as one of those ‘selfie’ shooting vanity-projects, which are emptying photography of both skill and a worthwhile purpose.
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