Smoke and Mirrors

Photographing artists work is always interesting if not challenging and last Wednesday was to prove no exception. Artists Lin Holland and Jane Poulton had asked Liverpool Cathedral to commission me to photograph their new work Earth and Aether situated in the Cathedral Chapter House.

The work would be completed that morning, I was then to photograph the piece and process the images on site, the finished images would go to designers Taylor Simons on Rodney Street that same afternoon and the printed leaflets would be ready early the next day. No pressure then!

 Gilded sandstone block on the floor of the Chapter House

Gilded sandstone block on the floor of the Chapter House

On arriving I find the sandstone block placed in the centre of the Chapter House is gilded and the house about to be positioned above is mirrored (glad I combed my hair) reflective objects are difficult at the best of times, but there's nowhere to hide in this place!

 Mirrored house suspended above the gilded boulder

Mirrored house suspended above the gilded boulder

It was a privileged to be the first person to spend time alone in the presence of this work, otherworldly is the only word that springs to mind when trying to describe it. I hope the results speak for themselves.

 
 Reflections from the Chapter House windows

Reflections from the Chapter House windows