Photographing Winchester Cathedral

Travelling through Britain it’s difficult not to get caught up in the history of the country. Historically and architecturally significant are many of the old churches and cathedrals dotted around the country, including Winchester Cathedral, one of the largest in Europe, with the greatest overall length of any Gothic cathedral.

A church has existed on the site since the mid 7th century, with the current Norman building being constructed in limestone between 1079 and 1093.

Restoration work was carried out between 1905 and 1912 when water-logging of the foundations threatened the collapse of the entire building. At great personal risk, a diver, William Walker, spent 6 hours a day for 6 years working under the floor in total darkness, at depths up to 6 metres, packing the foundations with more than 25,000 bags of concrete, 115,000 concrete blocks, and 900,000 bricks.

To this day, the building is affected by the variable water table which periodically rises, flooding the crypt.

I decided to go with the sepia-toned monochrome treatment for this interior shot.

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