Posts tagged ‘York Minster’

The Minster Door

A shot taken a few weeks ago on a windy and rainy night in York, but before the devastating flooding that has affected the city (and large swathes of northern England) in the last few days and weeks. To everyone impacted I hope that life returns to normal soon, in the meantime best wishes and take care:

The Minster Door, York, Yorkshire, England, UK

© Mark Simms Photography (2015)

Random York

This is my final post on our recent trip to York and is simply a random selection of images that I like and wanted to share, but that didn’t really fit in any of the other three posts on York:

The first three shots were all taken in “The Shambles” – the famous Medieval street that is one of those must do tourist attractions in York…..apparently…..;0)

My favourite image from above is the black and white shot of the cobbled street (entitled “Street Light” and just round the corner from The Shambles) that I took whilst waiting for the ghost walk to start. I like the light on this one and I think the conversion to mono has worked really well.

The multi-award winning “Ghost Hunt of York” (just one of a number that operate in the city) was excellent value…..not very scary, but entertaining and interesting. It was a very enjoyable way to pass an hour and half and if you get the chance I would definitely recommend it…..and no I’m not on commission.

Copyright: © The Photography of Mark Simms (2012). All rights reserved.

York Minster

Last week we went to York for a few days for my birthday and not surprisingly the camera came along for the ride…;0).

No trip to York is complete without a visit to its magnificent Minster. Built between 1230 and 1470 AD, it is second only to Cologne in Germany as the largest Gothic cathedral in Northern Europe.

The observant amongst you will no doubt have noticed that the majority of these shots are all of the Minster’s West Front. There are two reasons for this. First is that some other parts of the building (especially the east end) are undergoing a fairly major restoration and as such are completely covered in scaffolding and other building paraphernalia. Second, just as I was beginning to despair with the grey, drab and frankly miserable weather typical of mid-November in this part of the world, the clouds began to break-up just in time for the setting sun to bathe the west-end of the Cathedral in its warm late-Autumnal glow. I have to admit that I caught a bit of a break with the light on this occasion and that accounts entirely for the self-indulgent number of shots that I’ve posted on this one subject. However I could have easily posted three times this number…..so count yourself fortunate!!

Unfortunately getting lucky with an hour of lovely light was more than balanced by the disappointment of not being able to get inside the Minster for the whole three days we were there – it was closed for sightseeing because York University had taken over the venue for their 2012 graduation ceremonies…..bloody students…;0)

I’ve got a few more posts planned of our trip to York, so please watch out for those over the next few days.

Copyright: © The Photography of Mark Simms (2012). All rights reserved.

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