alan frost photography

in monochrome with occasional colour lapses

‘Drawing with light’ – church interiors

The word ‘photograph’ is derived from two words in Greek. ‘Phōtós’, genitive of ‘phōs’ meaning light and ‘graphé’ meaning representation by lines or drawing. In other words a photograph is ‘drawing with light’.

Piscina of light

Piscina of light

This image is of a piscina, which is a small bowl used to dispose of water in services. It is often set in a wall, as it is here. In flat light I doubt I would have even considered taking a photograph, but lit by the sun coming through a window on the opposite side of the church, this simple architectural feature is transformed. The shape and texture are revealed and there is a depth to the picture which without the light would not be evident.

I am always looking for these brief moments when natural light is at play inside a place of worship. Here are a few more examples.

Shadows and the Cross

Shadows and the Cross

St Davids Cathedral-5

Hymn Books

Chancel step

Chancel Step

Warminghurst-1

Three Windows and a Pulpit

Candlelight in The Priory

Candlelight in The Priory

St Davids Cathedral-17

Light and Shadow in the Nave

I have quite a collection of this type of image, made over a number of years, so some you may have seen before.  Whenever I revisit these photographs, which have been ‘drawn by light’ I am always inspired to make even more.

12 Responses to “‘Drawing with light’ – church interiors”

  1. Robert Parker

    These are wonderful shots, each one slowed me down, to look at them, and not just take a glance and scroll down. I like the “Three Windows and a Pulpit” especially – – the pulpit looks like the prow of a primitive boat, plying through all that light. RPT

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    • alan frost

      Thank you Robert. So often we view images in a split second so I am pleased these photos have ‘slowed you down’. I have never thought the pulpit might represent a ship, but I will look at it differently in future. Thanks again for your comments. Alan

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  2. Fay Rogers

    Beautiful shots, Alan. I particularly like the dynamic quality of the shadows in the nave.

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    • alan frost

      Thanks very much Fay. You might recognise the ‘nave’ image, as it was taken in St Davids Cathedral whilst on the workshop with Andy.

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