Kevin Gilbo who is a member of the Middleton Photography club, which meets at Lighthouse Project every Wednesday, has recently won top prize in Manchester Cathedrals ‘Capture the Cathedral’ photography competition, with a picture of ‘the Angel Stone’.
Visiting the Cathedral Kevin saw that they were running a photography competition so he decided to enter. There were over 200 entries and the standard was very high, Kevin was really pleased to hear how he had done.
Initially he only entered the ‘Something different’ category for which his picture was chosen as the winner; but was additionally surprised when his picture was also been chosen as the overall winner. Well done!
Here is Kevin’s description of his winning image:
The Angel Stone
“Having arranged a trip to the Cathedral, I was shown around by a Cathedral guide who pointed out the Angel Stone and explained it’s origins to me. The stone has a small carving of an angel with a scroll. It is believed to be from the original church which was built in the seventh century and is almost the only surviving relic of Saxon times in Manchester.
When I saw this view of the stone I was struck by how the stone blended with the colour and texture of the dark brown sandstone walls which surround it. Protective glass shields it and from the angle I took the photograph, I could get as many reflections of the stained glass windows as possible.
It made me think of the survival of the church in Manchester from the seventh century to the present day, The ancient artefact of the stone contrasts with the stained glass windows which were destroyed in the Manchester Blitz and which have now been beautifully restored”.
Middleton Photography group meets at the Lighthouse Project every Wednesday afternoon from 1pm. The group is open to new members of all abilities, and you can come even if you don’t know much about photography or only have a point and shoot camera. Why not give it a try.