Belated New Year Greetings, and yet more Stained Glass…!
After all the business of Christmas it has seemed to be a rather damp and uninspiring January but February now brings with it the promise of lighter days, sprouting bulbs, and warmer temperatures (well, hopefully…!).
Whilst having a few photographic ‘projects’ in mind for later in the year, I decided to take advantage of this ‘quieter’ time by progressing my interest and exploration of stained glass work in some of the churches near where I live in East Yorkshire. It is surprising just how many different churches can be within a very short distance of you!
As you will see from my existing ‘gallery’ focusing on stained glass, I am rather like a moth to a flame when it comes to exploring the nooks and crannies of churches to find sometimes stunningly beautiful work, ranging from medieval to Victorian, as well as splashes of modern examples, often in the most unexpected places. For example, in my own village of Walkington, I did not realise that the main east window, a stunning modern piece, was in fact designed and made by Harry Harvey, a prolific and prestigious stained glass maker based in York.
I tend to scour scenes portrayed in the windows for smaller details, often focusing on the faces of ‘minor’ characters, rather than necessarily the key ‘players’. Facial expressions, vibrant colours, or pen and ink-type representations, all provide endless fascination – there is always so much more to see than you get in a first quick scan.
So, why not try stepping into a few churches round where you live and see what treasures you stumble across, and keep visiting my Stained Glass Gallery too, to see where I have been…!