We were recently assigned a visit to St. George’s Anglican Church located in the heart of Cadboro Bay, a tiny community in the city of Victoria, British Columbia here on Vancouver Island. The Cadboro Bay community is a wonderful place to visit as it sits by the ocean. Here you will find delightful landscapes and architecture that speak of our west coast lifestyle. Our ongoing “Anglican Church Project” has been a real source of adventure and discovery for us these past few years as we get to explore these wonderful churches, learning why each and every one is unique and a reflection of the community it serves. Join us here today as we visit St. George’s Anglican Church.
Upon arrival, we were immediately struck by the recent changes the church has taken, adding on to the existing building with a very contemporary west coast addition that blends in with the old church and the flavor of Cadboro Bay. The new structure, known as a narthex, is constructed of beautifully finished wood and is a sympathetic addition. It creates a passage between the entrance and the nave of the church itself, with terrific architectural features and a dramatic, tall ceiling.
A tour around the outside of the building finds great details at every turn. The striking lines and architecture of the building are very dramatic, yet at the same time they are soothing to the senses in the warmth of the wood tones, creating a welcoming feel that beckons you to enter. The entire structure sits nestled amongst the tall trees of the area, blending into the surroundings seamlessly.
Once inside, a modern and inviting space greets you. The inside of the narthex continues the great lines found outside and creates an entry point that forms a perfect gathering spot before you enter the church. The tall and wide space created here promotes a sense of community, a focal point for the congregation to come together in spirit before and after service.
Heading into the main part of the church, a whole new magic unfolds, revealing a large space that is contemporary and modern, yet also features a wood-paneled ceiling adorned in a blue tone that draws the eye. We were absolutely amazed by what we saw as we spent hours exploring the expanses of the space, as well as discovering and enjoying the fine details.
Opportunities to create fine art were found everywhere. Gentle lighting was applied to some of these vignettes, helping to bring the subjects out and make them pop against the wonderful backdrops. Before we knew it, over four hours had passed and in many ways we felt like we had just begun to capture all the treasures found here.
As we continue to work on our long-running project, we are learning so much about who we are as a community here on Vancouver Island. Each place we visit reveals completely unique compositions and subjects that are always a reflection of the local people the church serves. And through this process, we learn about creating our art and how to see the subjects we focus on. This always results in us growing personally as we leave with new memories in our minds and our hearts, as we look forward to our next assignment.
Thank you so much for taking the time to visit us here at The Hollow today as we continue the work on our “Anglican Church Project“. Please feel free to leave us any comments you may have below, we always love to hear from all our visitors.
Click to see all the photographs of St. George’s Anglican Church, or if you wish to see our entire catalog of photographs taken of the Anglican Churches we have visited, click here: Portfolio – The Anglican Church Project.