shadow & light …

 

shadow and light,

a fan of steps,

a stone vertebrae,

spiralling towards the sky

or plunging to earth.

spill of indigo, ochre, charcoal,

a symphony of grace.

steps worn smooth by the tread of centuries;

emerging into the sunshine of another day

or the dark chamber of another night.

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Copyright Mari French


 

Copyright Mari French


 

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Copyright Mari French


 

 (Impressions of the 12th century keep of Castle Rising, Norfolk.

Photos and text, copyright Mari French)

 

ancient fragments …

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Medieval stained glass, Burnham Deepdale. © Mari French 2013

a blood-red shard like a dragon’s eye…
the sublime expression on a sun-moon visage…
the forgotten face of a young man…

… fragments of medieval stained glass.

medieval stained glass, Burnham Deepdale Church, Mari French 2013

medieval stained glass, Burnham Deepdale Church

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Medieval stained glass-Burnham Deepdale church

Medieval stained glass, Burnham Deepdale church © Mari French 2013

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a simple wooden chair on a polished flagstone floor takes on a calm presence in the low light of the circular bell tower …

Mari French,, Burnham Deepdale, church,Norfolk

Old chair, Burnham Deepdale church. © Mari French

… found imagery in the ancient church at Burnham Deepdale on the Norfolk coast.

sometimes…

sometimes I like to take photographs… especially in the interiors of some of the ancient – (up to 1000 year old, honestly) – village churches of Norfolk…

chairs (photo) © Mari French 2011

chairs (photo) © Mari French 2011

the less primped and fussed about with the better (because some of them are a bit grand and I’m not interested in those)…

bibles (photo) © Mari French 2011

bibles (photo) © Mari French 2011

the intention, eventually, is to produce a body of mixed-meda work based on impressions of these serene places… I love the flaking plaster and ageing woodwork and subtle changing light… the unexpected still lives that present themselves…

gauge (photo) © Mari French 2011

in the meantime this is what I’ve been up to…

urns (photo) © Mari French 2011

urns (photo) © Mari French 2011

face (photo) © Mari French 2011

face (photo) © Mari French 2011

latch (photo) © Mari French 2011

latch (photo) © Mari French 2011