The Washington National Cathedral is the 6th largest cathedral in the world, but size isn’t what you notice when you walk in. Ever since an earthquake damaged the Cathedral in 2011, the view of the vaulted ceiling and stained glass windows has been interrupted by a dark netting, put in place to catch any loose masonry that could fall from the ceiling. While most of the time the netting definitely detracts from the ambiance, at certain times of day it creates a magical effect – wonderful multicoloured rays of light suspended in the air, created when sunlight streams in through the stained glass windows and glances off the netting at just the right angle. For that, I will forgive the netting interfering with a more straightforward view of the cathedral.
It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything from Spain, so here’s a picture of one of my favourite Barcelona subjects – the ‘Witchscarers’ of Gaudi‘s Casa Milà (also known as La Pedrera). Looking at these imposing, austere figures it’s easy to understand why poet Pere Gimferrer called the roof of La Pedrera “the garden of warriors”.
For those new to Journey Photographic, you can see more pictures of Gaudi’s ‘Rooftop Warriors’ here.
While the Mosque–Cathedral of Córdoba is famous for its intricate interior, with a Catholic Cathedral nested inside an old Islamic Mosque, the doors dotted around its outside walls harken back very clearly to the original owners of the building.
Peering over the edge, this couple provided a subtle hint of colour against the pale architecture of the British Museum’s Queen Elizabeth II Great Court. The Great Court is an interesting combination of modern and traditional architecture, further emphasised by the slightly odd combination of uses of the Great Court itself, with historical sculptures dotted among the cafe servery and benches, shop displays, and pedestrian traffic moving between the various exhibition halls.
They say a good picture is one which evokes emotion in the viewer – by that criteria, this must be one of the best pictures I’ve ever taken! After an opportunistic weekend in New York, I sent this picture to friends and family back in Australia with the caption ‘view from my window’, and received a barrage of very emotional replies. I’ve never had so many death threats and declarations of hatred in response to a picture before… 🙂
This picture was also the catalyst for my new obsession with New Work’s water towers – stay tuned for many more examples over the next few weeks.