Category:  Architecture Photography | Posted: September 23, 2017

But not quite as you'd expect....

Grotesques

by El-mundo

Outdoor sculpture(s) Contest Entry 
There are so many hundreds of these "Grotesques" as they are called, representing saints & sinners, ghouls and creatures that are carved with incredible detail and skill into, or added into parts all over the height and breadth of The Minster Cathedral in York, UK - one of the largest and finest medieval buildings in Europe I couldn't choose which to show, so composed a collage. I was lucky enough to get the rare opportunity to go up the workmen's side as a friend works there and get up close to some of these amazing works of masonry, dating back to the 17th & 18th century (the bottom 3 and top left picture). The masons have a full time and never ending job painstakingly replacing those that are too weathered from hundreds of years perched on the outside of the building for all to see, hence the remainder of the photos in the collage - work in progress soon to replace those about to crumble and collapse. It was a fascinating journey through 1000 years of history, rather dizzily at 35m up - the skill that goes into each of these handmade statues is incredible.


Post Type Mixed Media Photography Mixed Media Some
Cropping, sharpening, clutter removed from some images, collage created with software.



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