'Le jour le plus long' St Mary-le-Bow from top to bottom

As commissions go being asked to photograph the interior of St Mary-Le-Bow in London seemed like an exciting and straightforward proposition at first.

As the detail of this church presented itself so did all the problems, no chance of shooting in the week as this is when all the services are held, so a weekend is looking most likely.

The tower

The tower

On to the pendolino on a bright Saturday morning and two hours later I'm trying to buy a ticket for the underground, yes maintenance work on the very line I need to use. I need to get to Bow soon, as my work will be interrupted by a wedding later the same day, bus journey is one and a half hours! I decide it will be quicker to walk. It is quicker to walk but the combination of a large camera bag and tripod takes it out of me, I arrive looking rather red-faced.

Interior

Interior

Rood detail

Rood detail

The interior of Bow is uncomplicated and very fresh looking, in part because it was almost completely destroyed by enemy action in May 1941 and not rebuilt until 1964, no great problems here the shots look great, now for the norman crypt, amazing atmosphere down here. Also required is a shot of the famous Bow Bells whilst they are being rung, so off I go up the tower.

The famous Bow Bells

The famous Bow Bells

After the Great Fire of London an attempt was made to shore up the old tower, but Sir Christopher Wren had the ambition for his second (after St Paul’s) tallest structure, this tower is huge, and it's a long way up, red-face time again!

Time to return to Euston, yes you guessed walking again, whilst sitting on the train I was reminded of a route I climbed in Jordan a long time ago. 'Le Jour le Plus Long' this is a route up the South West Face of Jebel um Ishrin, in the Wadi Rum area of Jordan It is Graded 5+ it has twenty two pitches, total length six hundred metres, first climbed by the Swiss brothers Claud and Yves Remy in 1988. Today has also felt like 'the longest day'

Crypt

Crypt

 

I wish I was a gambling man!

In September 2011 I was comissioned to photograph the then Dean of Liverpool Cathedral The Very Revd Justin Welby before he left Liverpool to become the Bishop of Durham, see my blog PxQB8 Pawn takes Bishop in five moves.

At the end of my blog I finished with the words 'Promotion should follow' I was of course referring to the pawn reaching the other side of the chess board and being 'promoted' but we all know what has happened since!

On the 21st of March 2013 The Most Revd Justin Welby was enthroned in Canterbury Cathedral and is the 105th Archbishop of Canterbury.

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Perhaps I should have visited the local betting shop, just think of the odds I could have had when I photographed him as Dean of Liverpool Cathedral in 2011!