Looking for open doors

by Helen Hooker June. 17, 2020 625 views

One of the biggest frustrations of the last few months has been the inability to photograph interesting architecture. I love exploring the way light falls inside buildings but all the places I might have visited have been firmly closed. This week the possibility of doing some architectural photography returned as churches were given the go ahead to open their doors to individuals wishing to visit.

With the tantalising possibility of getting back into one of my favourite genres of photography I set off this morning in search of a church with its doors open. Sadly, the first two I tried were still firmly shut, so I ended up returning to St Mary’s in Henham – somewhere I’ve visited many times, but at least I knew it would be open.

Inside I pottered around for half hour, doing my best not to touch anything. I decided to go minimal again, using just the 12mm lens I picked to photograph the church in Wendens Ambo just before the lockdown began. This proved to be a good choice, as it made me think more carefully about what sort of images would work best, often getting in close for impact.

I’ve probably photographed this church a dozen times before, but still I found new angles and details to shoot. It’s amazing, how much more creative you learn to be when you only have one possible location and one lens!

17 June 2020

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Piotr Buraczewski 10 months, 2 weeks ago

Wonderful series, a haven of calm and the most beautiful showcase of our heritage.

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Kay Hooker 10 months, 3 weeks ago

Well done Helen.  So much to see and beautifully caught by your lens.

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Nick Ambrose 10 months, 3 weeks ago

Good photos Helen. I've been to a few churches recently where I would like to get to see the interior but been unable to!

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Riyaz 10 months, 3 weeks ago

Lovely shots Helen !

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