A few weeks ago I was visiting Salisbury Cathedral. The font they have is also a beautiful reflecting pool. I created this image from the photos that I took:
The font was created by William Pye and installed in the Cathedral in 2008. This link will take you to the website of the Cathedral which has a photo that shows how the font is situated in the Cathedral. It’s a beautiful work of art that I think has an interesting way of interacting with its surroundings, something that the link will give you a feel for. The image I created is more of a close up and so is missing that perspective.
My take is more on the font as reflecting pool. For a few moments, there was sun and the reflections of the nearby windows in the font were beautiful. The original photo was taken on my iPhone. There were a lot of people around that through cropping and Photoshop have been removed. I removed the people for two reasons. One was that I was trying to still the image a bit, there is a lot going on and I wanted to remove some of the “busyness”. The other was that some of those people were children. I am not a huge fan of images posted online of children where they or their guardians have not been informed.
But back to the scene itself. I created a black and white version, but was not completely happy with it because ultimately I thought the color of the windows was an important part of the image. This final image gave me a muted color, but one that left enough in it to show the beauty of the reflection.
I’ll be honest, I love religious art, how do you feel about it? if you are not religious, do you still appreciate it for the sake of art, or is that too off-putting for you? How do you feel about removing people from a photo? It can change the story of a photo pretty dramatically, what is your take on that? Feel free to leave a comment below.