I was just working on some pictures for my other blog when I came across this shot which I took in a local church.  At the time I wondered what this mark on the wall was.  After some thought, my guess is that a candle or two has left some soot on the wall.  I’m not an artist myself but it seems to me there’s potential for an art project based on candle soot – I’m particularly taken by the graduated greys – almost looks as if something is trying to get out of the wall (too many late night horror films!)



For the Fire Warden


Seen at one of the most recent churches I’ve visited.  I suppose there must be so many lit candles at times, it’s wise to take precautions – especially when if youngsters and cassocks are involved in processions.


Canister, Vase and a Candle Stand


It seems, since my last visit, the candle stand has been moved to this less decorative window.


Red House Chapel

Some time ago, a chance conversation identified a possible subject for my ongoing Churches Project – namely a small Chapel associated with the Red House Estate which is at Nun Monkton, near York.  I was in the area recently and managed to find some time for a quick visit to check it out.  The following are examples of some of the images I took.  I’ve included some links associated with the Red House Chapel at the bottom of the post.

A couple of windows

Windows are always difficult, (I prefer not to use flash to fill).  For stain glass windows I generally use between one and two stops under to give a good saturation to the colour of the glass, though a little care needs to be taken.


Gives an example of the difficulty in photography at this location as wood is very dark, bordering on black (presumably Oak) and the walls are white.  The Chapel is also very small and space is limited for a tripod.

Four Candles

Need I say more?


There always details worth capturing.

Lead Boy

I found this character particularly difficult to photograph – as he’s so dark against the white walls and his face is turned away from the window.  I hope to revisit and when I do, I’ll have the good sense to take a small reflector along with me. – a page on the history of the chapel – the Red House Estate website