Sunday, July 1, 2012

The Church at Icklingham

The Church at Icklingham by right2roam
The Church at Icklingham, a photo by right2roam on Flickr.
At the heart of the ancient kingdom of East Anglia lies Icklingham's rustic All Saints Church. At first glance this small medieval stone church with a thatched roof doesn't appear like much, but if you're ever passing by on the A1101, stop and take a closer look. The church's stonework dates as far back as the 12th century, and the location on a low hilltop suggests that it was a choice worship site for much longer, perhaps since the early days of Saxon Christianity. If you're fortunate enough to stop in while its doors are open, you'll find pews that were carved in the 15th century and East Anglia's largest expanse of medieval tilework. The church has fallen out of use and is now in the care of the Churches Conservation Trust.

Since moving to England I've had to focus my lenses on a different kind of beauty. Eastern England may not offer the dramatic seascapes or rugged and wild mountains that I'd fallen in love with. But a change of perspective is once again teaching me how to take a closer look and capture the more cultivated and subdued beauty of gardens, agricultural lands, and centuries-old villages.

Canon EOS 5D
Focal Length: 16 mm
Aperature: f/20
Exposure: 1/5 second
ISO 100

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