Posts tagged ‘Religious Buildings’

Whitby Abbey

As you’ll know from the previous post, we spent a couple of days in Whitby over the weekend.

The main tourist attraction in the town is the ruined Benedictine Abbey which dominates the east cliff overlooking the harbour. There has been a working abbey on this site for approximately 900 years from 657AD through to the Dissolution of the Monasteries during the reign of Henry VIII in the sixteenth century. It is without question one of the most important Christian sites in the country.

You’ve probably gathered from the shots above, that weather conditions on the day weren’t exactly favourable. In fact that’s a bit of an understatement…..it was freezing!

A biting wind whipped-off the North Sea and drove squally rain showers across the exposed headland of Whitby’s east cliff. Liz and I spent most of our time trying desperately to keep the rain off the front of our lenses or huddled in a semi-sheltered spot amongst the abbey ruins.

As a result I think the photos have suffered somewhat…..but I did my best under some pretty trying conditions.

© Mark Simms Photography (2013)

Blue Mosque

I took this shot sometime ago now, back in September 2010 to be precise. It depicts the magnificent Sultan Ahmed Mosque (popularly known as the Blue Mosque) semi-silhouetted against a fairly dramatic Istanbul sky.

Blue Mosque

So why, I hear you ask, am I now posting images taken two and half years ago? Well I shall tell you….

I’ve been inspired to look again at some of the shots from our Istanbul trip, because an artist friend of ours – Tilly Wilkinson – mentioned to me the other day that she liked the images from this collection, but couldn’t find them on my website. Unfortunately these fell victim (like a few hundred other photos) to the decision I made when I started blogging on WordPress not to post a whole load of shots from my back catalogue, but instead to choose some for my galleries and then to move forward with new images. So although I do have a couple of shots of the Blue Mosque in my Architecture gallery, that is about it…..until now…..:0).

Suitably enthused I shall post some more images from our Istanbul adventure over the next few days and weeks…..so watch out for those if you’re interested. In fact I may (in those rare lean periods when new work is a little thin on the ground) look to see what other photographic gems I can unearth from the past and share them with you too.

© Mark Simms Photography (2013)

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