An intimate portrait of a place, this project explores the relationship between Canterbury Cathedral and the people who have worked, worshiped and visited here over the centuries.
It is not an architectural project – my aim is not to show you classic views of a familiar building. Nor am I documenting the modern visitors who throng to Canterbury day in, day out. Instead my images seek to capture the atmosphere of the place through the interplay of light and shadow; confinement and space; mood and texture.
Faces are not shown, but people appear in all these images through the traces they leave behind – the lighted candle, graffiti scrawls on stone and wood, stone steps worn away under foot. Some images represent people of the past through the monuments left to them. And every image bears the impression of the artist, craftsman or mason who helped to create the place.
The images are blue. This isn’t a digital effect, but the signature characteristic of cyanotype, my choice of medium for the project. Cyanotype is a photographic process that dates back to the birth of photography. I’ve used it for a number of reasons – For the viewer it demands that we see the images in different terms from ‘normal’ photographs, and inviting him or her to look more closely. As a creative process it is rather labour-intensive and ‘mischievous’, being forced to work methodically consider every aspect of the image making process has had a profound impact on the way I’ve selected my images. Lastly it seems fitting to reflect the timelessness of the subject matter with the timelessness of the process.