Norwich Cathedral and the Close, June 2024

The close is a small village of houses within Norwich Cathedral walls.  The area is also home to Norwich School and during the day there is an influx of tourists who visit both the Cathedral and the Close. My school friend, Tim, lives in one of the Cottages in the Close.   It was a good to catch up with Tim who I had only seen once since we both left school and went our separate ways over 40 years ago.  As I wished to see the Time Horizon installation at Houghton Hall, a stop over at Norwich looked a good idea. 

Photographing Norwich Cathedral and the Close
A typical tourist shot of the Ethelbert Gate leading to the Close.
Photographing Norwich Cathedral and the Close
So good to see the sun shinning.
Photographing Norwich Cathedral and the Close
A picturesque view of part of the Close
Photographing Norwich Cathedral and the Close
An afternoon view of the Cathedral.
Photographing Norwich Cathedral and the Close
Night view
Photographing Norwich Cathedral and the Close
Nearly time for the gates to close
Photographing Norwich Cathedral and the Close
People still around in the warm evening.

 I arrived on a glorious sunny afternoon and the Close was busy with people.  In the evening the doors are shut at 10.30pm and at around 9pm the area is relatively quiet.  The next day, I got up early and wandered around the close.  The sun was also rising in the sky and again there were several good photographs amongst the light and the shadows.  I also met Tony was sitting quietly against one of the walls with his lenses pointed up to the spire of the Cathedral.  There are two nesting peregrine falcons and the City news is wrapped up with their well-being.  Last year there were no chicks and this year only one has survived.  The picture shows Tony taking his picture and if you look very closely you can see the young peregrine bird on the masonry. I did not have my long lens so this is a digital zoom.

Photographing Norwich Cathedral and the Close
Early Morning people
Photographing Norwich Cathedral and the Close
The gates are open. A view of the cathedral through the Erpingham Gate
Photographing Norwich Cathedral and the Close
Tony photographing the peregrine falcons.
Photographing Norwich Cathedral and the Close
Into the cloisters.
Photographing Norwich Cathedral and the Close
The sun is rising
Photographing Norwich Cathedral and the Close
Black and white view of the cloisters
Photographing Norwich Cathedral and the Close
A leading line from the Labyrinth in the centre of the cloisters.
Photographing Norwich Cathedral and the Close
Inside the Cathedral

The cloisters were impressive and I learnt that some of the Harry Potter movies were filmed in the cloisters. Also I realised that I missed several opportune views of the cloisters as I read up about Norwich Cathedral after my visit. Furthermore, I did not get the chance to explore other parts of Norwich so another visit beckons.

On a photographic note, I am finding my Fujifilm x100vi is working well now that I have set it up with a back focus button. The IBIS makes the night photography straightforward although I do have to remove the noise in Lightroom for several pictures. I have also purchased a “shimmer” for the lens and this adds an attractive effect when shooting into the sun.

Looking back into my archives and I find that I photographed Cologne back in 2019. As this is another Cathedral City, it is interesting to compare my blog postings over the years.

I also provide a link to the official Norwich Cathedral website.

Kings Cross Station, London, March 2023

The interior of King’s Cross Station is an architectural marvel, and I made the decision to visit with my wide angled lens.  I had visited the station a few times mainly to the Harry Potter platform 3/4 and the nearby shop for my grandchildren.  This time I was there to take a picture for my 52 weeks challenge in the style of Candida Höfer.  This photographer took wide angled pictures of large rooms.  When I arrived at the station, I made my way up to the gallery. I asked a couple sitting in the spot that I needed for the symmetry of the architecture if I could take a picture from their table. Luckily, they said yes.  I could not use a tripod, so I upped the ISO on the camera.  Once I had the picture in the can, so to speak, I relaxed and then took several more pictures around the station.  I looked for leading lines, juxtaposition opportunities and several other pictures around the station.  This including pictures from above the platforms and more of the wonderful architecture.  

Kings Cross Station, London, March 2023
Up the escalators to the Gallery.
Kings Cross Station, London, March 2023
Picture this.
Kings Cross Station, London, March 2023
The open concourse of the station
Kings Cross Station, London, March 2023
Negotiating the station concourse.

The place I wanted for one of my photographs was in the centre of the concourse. As I was taking pictures, Sam came up to me. He was an architect and he was just in love with design of the station. He asked if I could take a picture of him. In return, I asked if he could be in my 100 strangers project which he duly obliged. Furthermore, he even gave this special pose for the picture. My 100 strangers project will be the subject of a later blog posting.

Sam the architecture lover.

Following this I went below to the underground station and walked along the tunnel that links St Pancras and Kings Cross to Granary Square.  This tunnel has a sweeping curve with moving lights on one wall and black supporting spines on the other.  The colours of the wall and the repeating patterns are a delight to photograph. I felt as if I was stalking the pedestrians moving through the tunnel.  However their silhouettes added to the photographic composition of the place.  Overall a good spot to visit for photography and offers many different opportunities.

Kings Cross Station, London, March 2023
The Kings Cross tunnel
Kings Cross Station, London, March 2023
The colourful tunnel

Here are some links to follow on from my blog. First there is the Kings Cross Tunnel web page telling you about this amazing piece of design. The other famous place to discover at King’s Cross is Platform 9 3/4 from the Harry Potter Books and again I may well feature that on another blog.

Here are some more links to discovering London as a photographer.

Kings Cross Station, London, March 2023
The central column in Black and White.

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