I was recently commissioned to capture a series of environmental portraits of the Volunteers who are involved in the day-to-day running of Winchester Cathedral. The images would eventually be used to illustrate a beautiful Volunteer Handbook designed by Winchester design agency, Ministry Of Fish.
[Above & Below: The Bellringers practice high up in the Cathedral Tower, on a Wednesday evening. The climb to get to the Ringing Chamber is one of the steepest, narrowest set of stairs I’ve ever seen!]
[Above: A Cathedral Scriptwriter / Calligrapher displaying fine penmanship to visitors]
[Above & Below: Led by passionate and knowledgeable Tour Guides, The Crypt Tour of Winchester Cathedral is extremely interesting and informative. In Winter months, the Crypt is liable to flooding and the Anthony Gormley statue ‘Sound II’ is often seen ‘wading’ beneath the ancient arches.]
[Above: Deep within the Crypt is the centuries-old statue of St Swithuns.]
[Above: Another treat for Cathedral visitors is the Tower Tour – the view from the top is well worth the spiralled climb!]
[Above: A lady from the Cathedral Flower Team arranges a colourful display for visitors to enjoy.]
[Above: A ‘Holy Duster’ (believe it or not, that’s what they are called!) polishes an altar in Prior Silkstede’s Chapel off the South Transept.]
[Above: A Volunteer welcomes visitors to the North Transept ‘Winchester Bible Story’.]
[Above: A St Christopher’s Volunteer at the magnificent Side West Door.]
[Above & Below: The brilliant Tour Guides bring Winchester Cathedral to life with their knowledge and engaging enthusiasm.]
[Above: Treasury Tour Guides share a humourous moment on the shoot.]
[Above: A number of Visiting Chaplain’s offer regular welcoming prayers to Cathedral visitors.]
[Above: The chaos of Choirboys being fitted for their robes is managed by the Wardrobe Ladies.]
[Above: Various aspects and details of Winchester Cathedral’s stunning interior.]
[Above: The finished article.]
The sheer diversity of Volunteer roles at Winchester Cathedral is remarkable, and my behind-the-scenes access has given me an insight into how this magnificent building is managed and presented to the public on a day-to-day basis. My thanks go to the Debby and Del from Ministry Of Fish for their assistance on the shoot, and the wonderful Cathedral volunteers, who made my life easier by being incredibly welcoming, obliging and great fun to work with!
Find out more about how to volunteer at the Cathedral HERE.