During our recent holiday to Cheddar we cycled over to Wells and spent an enjoyable day in and around the Cathedral.
I have always thought Wells to be about the best of the Cathedrals in this country and it’s awe inspiring to stand on the grass at the front and take in this architectural masterpiece. On this particular day I was interested in creating a sense of the atmosphere that resides in places of this nature. This ‘atmosphere’ is both a production of the building itself and the people who are drawn to it. Although places like this are busy, it’s always possible to find moments when quiet prevails and space opens up without the tourists flooding the area. You may have to wait a while, but that’s part of what photography is all about.
It’s at Wells that one of the most famous images in the history of photography was taken. The “Sea of Steps” by Frederick Henry Evans was taken in 1903 and the great thing about places like this is that they are timeless. The photographs that I took, and I had to wait a while before the steps cleared, could have been taken at the same time that Evans created his iconic image.