The Spire

“At the moment of vision, the eyes see nothing.”

William Golding, The Spire

March 2018: For some, photographing heavenwards is a vertiginous hazard but also there is the problem of curved edge distortions occurring on the verticals (technically called perspective convergence or keystoning). One way round this is to choose landscape rather than portrait mode and shoot at an angle. It is termed ‘Dutch tilt’ and has nothing to do with Holland but rather is a derivation of Deutsch and linked to the German expressionist movement.

Apparently the angle is used to portray psychological uneasiness or tension. Perhaps the church of Saint Vedast in Foster Lane is overwhelmed by its cathedralesque neighbour of St Paul’s though I doubt that. The church has stood here in the city of London since the 12th century and is in its third guise, having withstood neither fire nor blitz.

My eye was drawn to the verdigris of the lightning conductor and the gold cross against an otherwise monochromatic stone and sky.

For Photographers:
A Short Guide to Perspective Distortion and Correction in Photography

For Visitors:

One from the Archives: Pic of the month