Monumental Architecture

We all experienced this! Inside a huge cathedral, built hundreds of years ago, one can only throw one’s head back and admire the beauty and enormous size of the structure.

For the Photographer this means a couple of challenges: Converging lines, even the widest wide-angle lens sometimes can’t capture the full scenario. My approach is to focus on specific parts of the structure and to use composite images. This technique seems very adequate in this kind of location, as static motives are easily captured stitching together a set of frames in order to obtain the full image.

The following images were shot in the Church of St. Ouen in Rouen, in northwestern France. It is famous for both its architecture and its large, unaltered Cavaillé-Coll organ, which Charles-Marie Widor described as “a Michelangelo of an organ”. Built on a similar scale to nearby Rouen Cathedral, it is, along with church of Saint Maclou, one of the principal Gothic monuments of Rouen. The church was originally built as the abbey church of Saint Ouen for the Benedictine Order, beginning in 1318 and interrupted by the Hundred Years’ War and sacked and badly damaged during the Harelle. It was completed in the 15th century in the Flamboyant style.

The last image shows the Rouen Cathedral (French: Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Rouen), a Roman Catholic Gothic cathedral in Rouen, in northwestern France. It is the seat of the Archbishop of Rouen and Normandy. The construction started in 1202 and was finished in 1880. With a total height of 151 m, it was the tallest in the world between 1876 and 1880.

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