Priory Church of St. Bartholomew the Great

Priory Church of St. Bartholomew the Great
Priory Church of St. Bartholomew the Great

Priory Church of St. Bartholomew the Great. London, England. July 6, 2013. © Copyright 2013 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.

Main interior space of the Priory Church of St. Bartholomew the Great, London, England

Photographing this old church and surrounding facilities might serve as an example of what can happen if you don’t follow the crowds to the usual places when visiting a famous city such as London. Or, more accurately, it might be about what can happen if you do follow the crowds to those (deservedly famous and popular) places and then just wander off a bit aimlessly to see what else you might find.

We had initially been, if memory serves, sort of in the area of Trafalgar Square. At some point we ended up walking some blocks away from here to an area that we much less busy, since it was a real work area and this was a weekend. We were hungry, so we looked around for a pub and had some lunch. Leaving the pub we looked up the street and saw some interesting looking older buildings, so we just headed over that direction to see what we might find, and soon we saw the grounds of and entrance to the Priory Church of St. Bartholomew. At least on this day, this was not exactly a place swarming with tourists. In fact, there were hardly any. We decided to pay the small fee and spend a bit of time wandering around inside this very old church that is, in many places, filled with wonderful light. I made several photographs inside that I like, and in each one of them this light is a central feature. On a slight technical note, this is one of those photographs I made on this trip with the little Fujifilm X-E1 camera, here using the 14mm prime lens and shot handheld.

G Dan Mitchell is a California photographer and visual opportunist whose subjects include the Pacific coast, redwood forests, central California oak/grasslands, the Sierra Nevada, California deserts, urban landscapes, night photography, and more.
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3 thoughts on “Priory Church of St. Bartholomew the Great”

    1. John, for me a small camera like the X-E1 is perfect for shooting in a place like this. I say this not only as an overseas traveler trying to keep the amount of luggage down to a minimum, as I also use this setup for street and similar photography in my own local area. (I’m a short train ride away from downtown San Francisco.)


      1. You’re close to SF. In 1988-89 we had a great company assignment to Sunnyvale for 15 months. I worked for Amdahl (mainframe computers) in those days. We just loved the climate, drive up into the hills for breakfast on a Sunday; skyline boulevard rather than route 280 into SF; Yosemite etc etc.
        Seems a long time ago now.

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