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. 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.

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Beverley Minster in Yorkshire, UK

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Wednesday Lensday: Shooting behind bars in Kilmainham

Kilmainham Gaol, situated in Dublin, is the largest unoccupied prison in Ireland. Opened in 1796, it’s famous for detaining the major political and military players in Irish history and executing many revolutionaries from the Easter Rising in 1916, before finally closing its doors in 1924.

Nowadays, it operates as a museum, detailing the various uprisings and past political struggles Ireland faced in a bid to break free from British rule. I’ve always found large, virtually abandoned buildings fascinating and not being particularly well versed in Irish politics, I was looking forward to an atmospheric history lesson.

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Kilmainham didn’t disappoint. The site is huge and although there is only access to part of it, you still get sense of how demoralising it would have been to be imprisoned here. It’s cold and bleak, with corridors of concrete and eerily abandoned cells still displaying the scratchings of prisoners marking their time. Moving  subjects for a few snaps.

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Void of Rainbows 4: Areas of Sanctity

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. 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.

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Beverley Minster in Yorkshire, UK

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