New angles on Exeter Cathedral

by Helen Hooker November. 04, 2016 1875 views

The west window of Exeter Cathedral

I've visited Exeter Cathedral several times over recent years and always found something different to photograph.  We returned there today and I found myself shooting a mixture of architectural shots (mostly achieved by sitting crossed legged or lying on the floor!) and portraits of the many faces I found around this beautiful building.

4 November 2016

I thought this simple window in the lady chapel was beautiful complemented by the colourful painted arches.

I decided the best way to photograph this beautiful ceiling was to lie on the ground - fortunately the Cathedral wasn't too crowded at the time!

I love these old regimental flags - there's something so lovely about the way the light shines through them.

I've always loved the carvings on the choir stalls at Exeter but I think this whale is my favourite.  I wonder how many visitors walk straight past without noticing him?!

I found lots of interesting faces carved on the various tombs. 

This is the tomb of Bishop Edmund Stafford, who died in 1419.  For some reason his effigy is adorned with lots of ancient graffiti - perhaps the work of mischievous choristers of centuries gone by?!

I've photographed this lion, who guards the tomb of Hugh Courtenay, 2nd Earl of Devon (who died in 1377), before but his world weary expression still makes me chuckle - evidently the craftsman who carved him had a sense of humour.  However, I hadn't previously noticed the swans which sit at the feet of his wife, Countess Margaret (d.1391).

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Gillian Parsons 3 years, 10 months ago

Ceilings are fabulous but love the B&W works as well.

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Helen Hooker Replied to Gillian Parsons 3 years, 10 months ago

Thanks Jill - I always seem to find lovely new details when I visit Exeter Cathedral

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Jim Hooker 3 years, 10 months ago

Lovely. I particularly like the subtelty of the light in the ceiling shots.

It could also be that the graffiti is related to disapproval of Catholic bihops after the Reformation when many symbols of the previous regime were destroyed or defaced.

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Ben Mckechnie 3 years, 10 months ago

#4 Agreed -- beautiful light.

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Helen Hooker Replied to Ben Mckechnie 3 years, 10 months ago

Thank you Ben!

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