St Paul’s Cathedral Whispering Gallery

St Paul’s Cathedral Whispering Gallery

The ‘Whispering Gallery’ set in the dome of St Paul’s Cathedral is one of it’s principle tourist attractions. The accoustics are remarkable. Setting up in the gallery, early in the morning, and before the public arrived it felt like a vast space, with the onion-shape of the dome above giving glimpses of another balcony far over-head, and the jaw-dropping view to the cathedral floor way below.

Photography there is challenging; narrow walkways, high balconies for Health and Safety reasons, and huge variations in lighting as shafts of sunlight pierce the windows. A technical challenge to excite any photographer!

In the cathedral’s archives is an old black and white photograph of smartly dressed Londoners sitting in the Gallery, with their ears to the wall. It seemed like a lovely idea to re-create the image for modern times, with the assistance of some of the first tourists of the day.

Here it is  in full colour and then, down below,  in black and white, like the original.

and now in black and white, as in the original. I prefer the b/w rendering: There is more sense of mystery and atmosphere to it.

St Paul’s Cathedral

St Paul’s Cathedral

Recently I was commissioned to work on an advertising campaign for St Paul’s Cathedral, in London. Although it’s an important religious building, St Pauls is also a place where anyone can escape from the frenzied London atmosphere, find peace and quiet, buy a coffee, climb the dome for amazing views across London, or simply be a tourist and soak up the stunning architecture. It’s these many roles that the Cathedral wanted to highlight ,so the shoot promised to be varied, yet tightly targeted.

Here’s one that didn’t make it to the final selection process, simply because we don’t know who she is. When using images for advertising, you must have permission from anyone you in the image who could be identifiable… and for this shot I was too far away to attract her attention and talk to her.  Luckily, for editorial purposes, I can still use the shot here though 🙂

So here we are, a brightly dressed lady gazing up into St Paul’s famous dome, whilst standing in the dead centre of the compass set out on the floor.

Glacier

Glacier

The etched surface of a Swiss glacier. The sunshine reflecting off fresh snow gives it an orange hue, whilst old glacial ice is revealed in shades of blue. The incised lines are streams carved into the ice by flowing melt-water