Standing tall and grand right in the heart of Victoria, BC is the landmark building Christ Church Cathedral. Today’s post marks the beginning of a new series within a series called “Christ Church Cathedral” which is part of our running long-term project called “The Anglican Church Project“. As we continue to work on this project with The Anglican Diocese of BC we are constantly delighted and amazed by the wonderful parishes we are visiting and photographing, and the wonderful people we are meeting through our work.
Constructed in 1929 with 13th century Gothic styling this building demands to be noticed. Reaching high into the city’s skyline, this magnificent structure casts a dramatic figure in Victoria that is impossible to miss. The intricate stonework, and all the resultant textures that come with it, frames details and features in the building unlike any other in the city.
We’ve wanted to photograph this church for years now. It’s one thing to imagine what an experience like this would entail, and it’s another to actually be here in person. Without any doubt, this is the most profound experience I’ve had in my professional career, and one that will stick with me forever. The sheer scope and scale of the facility is beyond any form of worldly description, and when you consider the craftsmanship and engineering that has gone into the design and construction of the church it leaves you absolutely astounded.
In upcoming posts we will be sharing and showcasing the largest collection of photographs we have ever created with one subject before. Well over 1,000 individual brackets were taken and used to create the final 88 high-quality images of the church, taken both inside and out in an effort to completely document the building in imagery. This entire experience has left an indelible mark on us, one we’re excited and anxious to share here with everyone. The body of work we will be presenting was captured over the course of 2 days. The first complete day was spent inside exploring everything we possibly could, and the second day found us outside shooting the exterior.
One of the most amazing aspects of the inside shoot was most certainly a visit to the bell tower. We’ve got some great details on the tower and a large series of images of the bells to share in upcoming posts. The story about the construction of the tower and how the bells were created and installed will definitely be a feature post of its own, and we’re sure you will be utterly amazed as to how this all came to be.
Next on our tour was a visit to the crypts underneath the cathedral. We were struck by the deep sense of care and love that has gone into the devotion and maintenance here. We disturbed nothing, leaving behind only the sounds of our shutter’s click and our heartfelt appreciation for the opportunity to visit and spend some time.
The next stop on our visit was upstairs to check out the magnificent pipe organ. The woodwork, the pipes, and the detailed work that goes into the creation and assembly of such an incredible instrument really comes to life when you spend time with it up close, as we did on this day. I couldn’t believe how beautiful the scenes were with the natural light streaming in through the windows, gently draping sections of the instrument in glorious light that only served to heighten the wonder of the experience as a whole.
If you feel as we do, by this time in our post you are hungry to see more, anxious to explore the intricate details that go into creating such a wondrous place. It’s the collective combination of all the intricacies that combine to create the overall, we find, and in the case of Christ Church Cathedral these details are as captivating as they are breathtaking.
In our upcoming posts we will chronicle our visit and all the particulars we encountered during our shoot, as well as the history behind it all. Further information on Christ Church Cathedral in Victoria can be found at these sites if you are interested in learning more:
- Christ Church Cathedral – Christ Connecting Community – the official website of the parish
- Wikipedia: Christ Church Cathedral (Victoria, British Columbia)
- Christ Church Cathedral, Victoria, BC – official Facebook page
- CCC Victoria – official Twitter account
- The Anglican Diocese of British Columbia – without their gracious support and encouragement this project would not exist
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