Sunday, January 08, 2006

Look at the cathedral

Here's what makes Lincoln city Lincoln city:

The old cathedral, which dates back as far as the Iron Age, or somewhere around then, still stands in all it's glory. Actually, the building in this picture was erected more recently, but only because the original was knocked down by an earthquake. I don't know much about it's history so I won't even attempt to offer one.

Look at the people on the ground for an idea of it's size. You can see it from surrounding villiages at night, lit up, because it's location is elevated up on a hill overlooking the Trent Valley. Along with the castle, it makes an otherwise indifferent urban landscape look really interesting.

In this picture you can see a lovely bit of Victorian stone-carving.

They have a great little Nativity display inside the place. In the picture above you can see the Three Wise Kings, looking into the manger where Jesus was born. It's a bit of an alternative to your usual Nativity display; the three men aren't portrayed as kings, and they don't look very wise.

What are those guys looking at?

The whole Nativity atmosphere is put out of shape by one figure stretched out across the floor. I've no idea who it's meant to be, but Mary can be seen attending to Jesus without a crib for a bed, below.

And here, below, is the famous statue of Tennyson. This shot is pretty much standard practise for all GCSE photography students in Lincoln schools. The cathedral creating a silhouette of Tennyson's head and shoulders. I might still have the first one I ever took when I was sixteen or seventeen, back home.

Back in the days of hands-on photography I had 24 chances - 36 if I had the money - to get it right. And even then you could still screw everything up in the development process. Taking photos was more of a buzz back then.

I stood beside Tennyson the other night and it was all over in a matter of seconds.