David Keen, the vicar at St James’ Church in Yeovil wants to update some of the material that is provided to visitors and children who attended the church for one reason or another. To do this a series of photographs based primarily on the photographs used in the existing leaflets will be required. The list below is the starting point.
1. All stained glass windows (including close ups of the 4 main figures in the big window)
3. Cross on pulpit
4. Hare and dog on arches by pulpit
5. Close ups of heads in roof with names
6. Aumbry (the box where we keep communion bread and wine, to the side of the main altar)
7. Communion table with cross
8. Side chapel (with some candles lit) through open chapel doors
9. Church through main door (with all lights on)
10. Star candle holders
11. Close up of painted bits of the roof
13. Outside from Preston Rd
14. Church room from churchyard at back
15. Whole church from organ loft
16. Close up of scallop shell either in banner or window
17. Pics of each of the wall plaques (side chapel, outside main door)
19. Bishops chair
20. Ringing chamber
22. Clock from outside
23. Emblem on glass doors
24. Headstone fragment in the glass case on the North wall
25. Anything else that looks interesting, or could be put into a children’s guide to the church (e.g. things for them to find/discover as they look around)
My initial thoughts about the project are:
· That it will be a good project to do.
· That it will be possible to take photographs of the outside of the church from across the road using a tripod.
· That a tripod will be needed for a number of the photographs of items inside the church.
· That I can do the entire shoot during my lunchtime as one of David’s initial thoughts was that it should take about 30 minutes to do.
· That is the wrong time of year for one of the shots of the outside of the church. This shot would be much better taken in the spring when one of the trees is full of pink blossoms and so adding an extra bit of colour to the shot.
What are going to be the challenges?
When do I try and do the project?
· My immediate thoughts about this are that it needs to be when the church is quiet, or there are other people taking photos. Trying to do it when there are a lot of people around is going to mean distractions and people getting in the way.
· Secondly, taking photos inside the church, the available light needs to be taken into account. Although the church has lights that can be turned on it would be much better to either use natural light or be able to use flash. Personally, I would like to take the photos using just natural light. This means being at the church either in the morning or afternoon. If I aim to do the project at around mid-day, although the light nay well be quite harsh, I think minimising shadows will help with outdoor shots of the church. But then there are some photographs; such as those where candles will be lit that would look much better when it was darker, so it’s possible that this project needs to be done in two or more stages.
· Some of the things that need photographing are going to be in areas of the church that normally the congregation don’t get access to. The organ loft and the bell tower are good examples of this.
I like the idea of this project, I’ve taken photos in and around St James’ before, admittedly most of these were done with my camera on Auto Mode, so having proper access to the church to do something like will be fun.