Winchester Cathedral Crypt 2

_DSF9441Many people will have searched Winchester Cathedral for the door to the Crypt to see or photograph the statute.

When you find the anonymous door and walk down the three or four steps, the Crypt is smaller than expected.

Most normal people take a picture of the statute (below)on their phone and leave. The mysterious life-size statue of a man contemplating the water held in his cupped hands is the work of the celebrated British sculptor Antony Gormley.

They stood in front of the chained up heat system control valves without giving them a second glance to take their picture of contemplation.

The long time patient and persistent followers of my blog will know that I say the role of the photographer is to know where to stand and when to press the button. Mixed up in this role is the key attribute of observation skills. _DSF9438-2Looking and seeing. Two pictures taken at 180 degrees apart but with very different meanings.

Perhaps contemplation and observation go together.

(c) Andy Beel FRPS 2014




6 responses to Winchester Cathedral Crypt 2

  1. Andy, as always I find your blogs and pictures interesting. The standing figure one is particularly fascinating in many ways. It is one of your best because it leaves so much to see within the shot. How many viewers will appreciate the total lack of symmetry in the architecture or that it mirrors in a strange way the right to left look of the figure. Observation cannot be taught only encouraged perhaps. Keep posting!
    Gordon Lycett FRPS


    • andybeel says:

      Hi Gordon thank you for your very kind appreciation. This post has had a much greater response than I expected. Andy


  2. John Long says:

    Enjoyed this post Andy – when I was there the Crypt was closed and I had to almost beg the Verger to allow me down there for 5 minutes. I was disappointed that the crypt was dry, as just previously, I knew there was a small amount of water around his feet.


    • andybeel says:

      Hi John as I said to Gordon Lycett above this post has had a much greater response than I expected. Perhaps try again in a wet summer! Andy


  3. paula graham says:

    Well spoken again, Andy; an interesting post and photos to go with it.
    I particularly like “Perhaps contemplation and observation go together.”.


    • andybeel says:

      Hi Paula I always wonder if anybody reads from start to finish the drivel I write on my blog. As this comment was right at the end of the post you obviously did. Thank you yet again for your encouragement. Andy


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