Local Heart, Global Soul

September 26, 2013

People Fade Into History, But Their Footsteps Remain…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Another page in my last summer’s diary as I tour Canterbury Cathedral in Canterbury, Kent, England with my Singaporean friend “Velvetine”.

She and I are kindred spirits when it comes to appreciating the visual arts. We both adore carved stone or wood, stained glass and ironwork, and appreciate the history of the pieces and the skill of the craftsmen who made them.

In this post we were both photographing different aspects of ironwork we found and some of the motifs in the floor…  a flight of stairs caught our attention because you think of stone being hard and indestructible and yet  it’s no match for nine hundred years of human footfall, wearing  the stone into distinctive patterns.

Negotiating these steps on crutches was one of the hardest parts of the day, but fortunately Velvetine was on hand to help with a steady hand and I wasn’t trying to do these in a hurry.

Ironwork in the form of some decorative gates and railings catch Velvetine’s eye and camera lens, whilst I found some different metalwork to put into the frame.Then there are the patterns in the floor, some of them very old by the look of them…  just goes to show that there is more than enough to see here, from the views high up to the views literally under your feet.

Between these beautiful patterns and the stone staircase it just goes to show: generations of people may have long faded into history, but in some strange way their footprints remain.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Velvetine) used with permission

(photograph © Velvetine) used with permission

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph ©Velvetine) used with permission

(photograph ©Velvetine) used with permission

(photograph ©Velvetine) used with permission

(photograph ©Velvetine) used with permission

(photograph ©Velvetine) used with permission

(photograph ©Velvetine) used with permission

(photograph ©Velvetine) used with permission

(photograph ©Velvetine) used with permission

(photograph ©Velvetine) used with permission

(photograph ©Velvetine) used with permission

(photograph ©Velvetine) used with permission

(photograph ©Velvetine) used with permission

(photograph ©Velvetine) used with permission

(photograph ©Velvetine) used with permission

(photograph ©Velvetine) used with permission

(photograph ©Velvetine) used with permission

(photograph ©Velvetine) used with permission

(photograph ©Velvetine) used with permission

(photograph ©Velvetine) used with permission

(photograph ©Velvetine) used with permission

(photograph ©Velvetine) used with permission

(photograph ©Velvetine) used with permission

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