State of Mind: Reflective Serenity

State of Mind: Reflective Serenity

When I saw the prompt for this week’s Daily Post photo challenge, I decided to share one of my earlier galleries, ‘Areas of Sanctity‘. The theme this week is State of Mind and what with nostalgically looking back over my youth with my post on childhood TV, it immediately made me think of reflection as a mindset. Which led me to think of the font in Salisbury Cathedral. I know some of you will have seen this selection before but as I’ve gained quite a few new followers since I first posted it (thank you!), I didn’t think you’d mind it again!

I don’t consider myself to be a religious person, but I have always had a love of churches, holy buildings and graveyards. Not only for the serenity that can be found in their surroundings, but the outstanding architecture that has been lavished upon them in a celebration of some higher order.Β I’m lucky enough to live near two of the outstanding minsters in the UK, displaying both Medieval and Gothic design in all their glory, and I’m still in awe of how beautiful they are, even after numerous visits.

Beverley Minster in Yorkshire, UK

Light the Pipes
Light the Pipes

However, the other images here were taken a few years ago at Salisbury Cathedral, home of a fantastically preserved piece of the Magna Carta. I spent hours inside, just wandering around and climbing the towers, but definitely the most mesmerising for me was the font designed by William Pye. Used for full immersion baptisms, the surface of the cruciform is as still and clear as glass – one unlucky tourist thought it was glass and promptly drowned his camera.

But thanks to its reflective nature, I was able to get some great shots of the roof arches from an alternate angle and the resulting image saw me shortlisted in a photography competition. I’m still very proud of havingΒ  ‘From my font of view’ selected – I hope you like it too. πŸ™‚ x

Sighted High
Sighted High


Image Credits: All my own, so please be sweet and ask before sharing! πŸ™‚

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23 thoughts on “State of Mind: Reflective Serenity

  1. Oh I know exactly what you mean, I am not particularly religious but Notre Dame cathedral was a must see on our recent visit to Paris. We spent ages in there and sat foe a while looking at the windows and architecture. A great post Haylee xx

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  2. Holy architecture Batman! Great shots, even an atheist like me can find such places inspiring. I took a zillion pics of Gaudi’s cathedral in Barcelona last time I visited, but these are rather better than my efforts.

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    1. Haha, thank you! The Gaudi cathedral is pretty spectacular – I remember going about 20 years ago. I really should go back to Barcelona, loved the park with the Gaudi buildings too.

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  3. Ive been in the bell tower at Beverley Minster. We want to Beverley on a work weekend away a good few years ago. One of the ladies who I worked with is a bell ringer and asked if she could join the other ringers on the Sunday morning service bell thing. We all trooped up the spiral staircase up to the bell room to watch.
    The arched ceiling in the Salisbury photo’s is beautiful. I always wonder how many years they spent building these churches and how they did it without cranes.

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    1. Ooh, you been somewhere I haven’t – I keep saying I should go up the tower when they have open days seeing as it’s virtually at the top of my street. Those bells wake us up every weekend!
      The architecture is amazing – when you go up the tower at Salisbury, there’s graffiti carved into the beams from the builders, and some notes to loved ones!

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  4. Those are some awesome photos. I can’t decide if the elevated shot or the reflection shot is my favorite. But I definitely loved the contrast in the organ pipe shot.

    And I think I’m in line with you, I’m not anywhere close to being religious (anymore) but find Medieval architecture and design fascinating, and at times mesmerizing.

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    1. Thank you! It was an amazing place to photograph – as much as I loved the font I do think the image of the organ is my favourite. I was always happy how the light had turned out πŸ™‚

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