E.J.Wilkins

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Salisbury Cathedral


The Salisbury Font

A very modern and truly amazing bronze sculpture by - William Pye -. Donated to the Cathedral by Sir Christopher and Lady Benson and - The Jerusalem Trust - .

The font was dedicated on 28th September 2008 by the Archbishop of Canterbury during the Cathedral's 750th anniversary weekend.

In each of the curved sections is text, phrases from Isaiah 43:2-3

Do not fear, for I have redeemed you,
I have called you by name; you are mine.
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
And through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you.

I could have stayed looking at this all day, it's something that 'shouldn't fit in' with the 13th Century mediaeval architecture, but it does. It's perfect, it's awe-inspiring, it's innovative and slightly puzzling too, so it makes you think - not least about how moving water has a perfectly still surface. Creating something like this is a gift, it isn't something that can be learned.

There's much more information in the Cathedral's press release, dated September 2008

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By the way, the picture was taken handheld - NOT using a tripod - which I think gives an idea of how good the IS is on the Olympus cameras. See how somebody is walking through the background.

ISO was on 'auto', and it chose ISO1000.
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Salisbury Cathedral


The Salisbury Font

A very modern and truly amazing bronze sculpture by - William Pye -. Donated to the Cathedral by Sir Christopher and Lady Benson and - The Jerusalem Trust - .

The font was dedicated on 28th September 2008 by the Archbishop of Canterbury during the Cathedral's 750th anniversary weekend.

In each of the curved sections is text, phrases from Isaiah 43:2-3

Do not fear, for I have redeemed you,
I have called you by name; you are mine.
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
And through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you.

I could have stayed looking at this all day, it's something that 'shouldn't fit in' with the 13th Century mediaeval architecture, but it does. It's perfect, it's awe-inspiring, it's innovative and slightly puzzling too, so it makes you think - not least about how moving water has a perfectly still surface. Creating something like this is a gift, it isn't something that can be learned.

There's much more information in the Cathedral's press release, dated September 2008

.....

By the way, the picture was taken handheld - NOT using a tripod - which I think gives an idea of how good the IS is on the Olympus cameras. See how somebody is walking through the background.

ISO was on 'auto', and it chose ISO1000.
.

comments (30)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 29 Nov 2009, 01:15
Actually, Ellie...you have learned to use a camera to take a beautiful and interesting image of it...I think the sculptor might also well have learned his skills.

[smile]
...and darkness was upon the face of the deep...
  • zed
  • Australia
  • 29 Nov 2009, 04:54
Very steady hands indeed Ellie
What an amazing piccy, i thought it was a large hole in the floor at first! Superbly captured and given the ISO the grain is hardly traceable. Like it smile
Agreat eye you have Ellie. What a fantastic capture! Well done.
This is an amazing photo Ellie. I had to go to the link to see what it was really all about.
Those reflections are fantastic. I am spellbound, and don't know what else to say.
What a fantastic sculpture. Is this a baptismal font? I guess I should visit the link before I ask questions. Beautiful!
The reflections had me fooled at first Ellie. Well done with the hand held. Great shot.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 29 Nov 2009, 13:31
I couldn't agree more with your enthousiasm while looking at this modern font that is reflecting in such a silent- pure way the architecture of the medieval cathedral!
Excellent capture Ellie, Its like a mirror,amazing.
Others have used the word amazing Ellie but that is what this picture, and the sculpture is. The reflection is one of the best I have ever seen, surely that must have been in the designers mind when he designed this.
  • Chris
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 29 Nov 2009, 19:32
That's a very special reflection Ellie, well done smile
  • Les Auld
  • United Kingdom
  • 29 Nov 2009, 21:01
A very fine picture Ellie and well done for holding it for such a long time. I was in Chester Cathedral yesterday and most of my hand held pictures were rubbish even with IS. Well seen.
  • Laura
  • Portugal
  • 29 Nov 2009, 22:29
Perfect focus there, especially with the handheld... and the clarity of the water is just divine!
this is stunning, the reflection is perfect.
lovely job!
  • Chris
  • England
  • 30 Nov 2009, 00:47
A spectacular image Ellie: this puts mt feeble efforts to shame!
  • Ginnie
  • Atlanta, GA, United States
  • 30 Nov 2009, 02:01
This is a mind-boggling image, Ellie. It is truly amazing.
  • Frida
  • Sweden
  • 30 Nov 2009, 11:24
Wow this is amazing. Gorgeous reflection and such a great image.
  • NaCha
  • United States
  • 1 Dec 2009, 16:54
I like... Beautiful angle...
Magic!
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 3 Dec 2009, 09:20
This is fabulous, Ellie. Very, very different from a traditional font. I love the reflections.
  • graham pickett
  • SOUTHSEA-HAMPSHIRE-ENGLAND
  • 4 Dec 2009, 08:42
Amazing result Ellie,thanks also for the good info as well,how many shots did you take of it?
Superb shot! I like the reflection and geometry!
  • Iain
  • Canada
  • 6 Dec 2009, 18:45
Amazing Ellie, great use of the reflection!
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 7 Dec 2009, 19:27
Excellent - very much so. That someone in the back is the cherry on top, so to say.
This one really threw me! Excellent. I love Pye's work and will be posting some of his sculptures from Alnwick Garden fairly soon.
  • Penny
  • United Kingdom
  • 9 Dec 2009, 18:57
This is an amazing photo of it, Ellie - sort of turning the cathedral upside down.
I'm not sure I'd want to dunk my baby in it though!
Awesome photo, and good eye - Esp love how u caught the reflection!
You've done a great job here, well done.
EJWilkins: I enjoyed taking this picture Alan, and was lucky enough to be able to stand on staging that had been put out ready for an Advent service.
I like it very much wink

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