Hidden Gems Of St Johns Church
"When this first high-resolution hand-lit image was enlarged and examined closely, intriguing glimpses of carvings could be seen. I simply had to take a closer look!
Using powerful photographic lighting and a telephoto lens 6.8 times more magnified than human eyesight I scoured the darker recesses of the church interior, the more I looked, the more was found, the 'shoot-list' seemed to grow by the day.
Sometimes being on your own in a building of this age, especially in the darker months, could feel creepy. However I personally never sensed anything other than positive vibes from this peaceful, friendly space.
So after approximately thirty-two days of photography and post-production, we have amassed over 300 images of which a selection are reproduced here. A Hidden Gems coffee-table photo-book is also under way and it is hoped will be available early in 2018"
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The interior of the church is the result of approximately sixty-five separate exposures, with different parts of the church being selectively hand-lit, before being combined. It was at this stage that details were noticed in the roof that needed further investigation.
Central Naives Aisle Roof
The Chancel roof isn't the original, but is still decorated with some beautiful wooden carvings, including 12 angels.
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Carvings Furnishings Plaques and Tombs
Friends Of St John Tideswell Charity
In 2017 The Friends Of St John (FoSJ) charity was formed with the aim to promoting public knowledge and interest in he church, and to help raise funds to maintain the fabric of this magnificent building.
Get Involved - If you are interested in helping to preserve this building including the carvings on this page, please visit the FoSJ site find out more about FoSJ and how to get involved.
Statement By The Author
"It has been a genuine joy to work on this project and to bring difficult to see yet wonderful details of six hundred years of human creativity into the light" Bernard O'Sullivan ABIPP
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