After the Fire.
In April of 2019, I took my old infrared converted X100 to the church and snagged a good few frames of this gorgeous ruin; situated in a spot where ordinarily you wouldn’t think to find it, relentless urban spread has ensured over the decades that the houses will always get built as long as there’s a market for them and of course, it’s a big town so – no problems there. Insosaying, in this quiet corner on a patch of ground of perhaps just an acre or so, the Collegiate Church at Lincluden sits quietly alone, visited by children after school when the weather is favourable, dog-walkers who don’t want to have to stroll too far and, the occasional photographer. (Anybody else is probably contemplating getting up to no good. I jest, of course.) But not long after I first photographed this ruin (see posts 144 & 165 if you are interested in this kind of photography) I had heard that the building had been subjected to some amount of vandalism – including a fire within its walls. I wanted to go back, I honestly did. However, the first frames I made here were captured at a time in my life which, whenever I have looked back to it – hold great significance for me and no small amounts of both melancholy and gratitude; and so, holding the romance of this place firmly inside me, I didn’t return; I guess it was something not entirely dissimilar to watching the football results and being told to “turn down the volume and look away now if you don’t want to know the results”. Eventually though, I made it back, just last week. It was Valentine’s Day, to be exact. Quite fitting now I come to think about it.
I: Longer Shadows | 35mm – 1/310th – f7.6 – ISO:100 | 590nm Infrared
In complete honesty, I did not expect to see it looking as well as this, the heart made a little skip at the sight of it again and whilst the sun played silly games for the forty-five minutes that I was here (doesn’t it always do that when we get our cameras out, like it knows?!) with a little patience I was happy to grab a few more frames between lengthy moments of shade of this stunning old ruin. Do have a look at the older posts linked above if you get time – I see a shift in my techniques which I am really enjoying and, I do hope that you will, too.
Wishing you all a fabulous week and, thank you again for reading!