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A different kind of vertical

Monday, 12 October, 2015 0 Comments

A fairly recent headline reads: “Tidemark goes verticals, machine learning and benchmarking.” It makes little sense to those who are not familiar with the vocabulary of the information economy and it makes even less sense to those who might have learned English as a second language. I mean, “Tidemark goes verticals”. What’s that about? Actually, vertical is now a standard tech marketing term, and it’s usually used in the plural, to make matters worse.

It’s a very different kind of vertical that interests the American photographer Richard Silver. In his Vertical Churches series, Silver has produced a unique collection of panoramic vertical photos of churches around the world. He created each image by interlacing up to ten photos of the subject and the results are spellbinding. Places of worship in the series include the Wangfujing Catholic Church in Beijing, the Church of the Transfiguration in Krakow, the Holy Name Cathedral in Mumbai, the Church of St. Francis Xavier in New York and the Holy Trinity Cathedral in Yangon.

Vertical church

The great Gothic cathedral

Monday, 13 July, 2015 0 Comments

“I never weary of great churches. It is my favorite kind of mountain scenery. Mankind was never so happily inspired as when it made a cathedral.” — Robert Louis Stevenson

Duomo di Milano

A Stranger Here

Thursday, 6 February, 2014 0 Comments

The early history of the city of Ely in Cambridgeshire is marked by religious convulsions. In AD 673, Æthelthryth founded an abbey that was destroyed in 870 by Viking invaders and rebuilt by Ethelwold in 970. Construction of Ely’s great cathedral began in 1083 and work continued until the dissolution of the abbey in 1539 during the Reformation.

Following the accession of Mary I to the throne in 1553, attempts were made to enforce Catholic doctrine and during this time, two local men, William Wolsey and Robert Pygot, “were accused of not … believing that the body and blood of Christ were present in the bread and wine of the sacrament of mass”. For this heresy they were burnt at the stake in front of Ely Cathedral on 16 October 1555. Mary’s re-establishment of Catholicism was reversed after her death in 1558 by her half-sister, Elizabeth I, and it was into a Protestant Ely that John Amner was born in 1579. He worked as a chorister and organist at Ely Cathedral and he also wrote songs and verse. This is from his Sacred Hymns For Voices And Viols, which was published in 1615.

A Stranger Here

A stranger here, as all my fathers were
That went before, I wander to and fro;
From earth to heaven is my pilgrimage,
A tedious way for flesh and blood to go:
O Thou that art the way, pity the blind
And teach me how I may Thy dwelling find.

John Amner (1579 — 1641)

Ely Cathedral