Symmetry in Stone focuses on images of eleven Gothic buildings, all cathedrals and abbeys still in use in South-West England. The photographs explore and celebrate the architecture of these sites, specifically focusing on the lines, shape and forms of their interiors. Alternating between grand images of the aisles, naves and transepts that make up the walls of cathedrals and abbeys, and dramatic panoramas of the vaulted ceilings that sweep overhead, the photographs try to provide some sense of the power and majesty of these incredible spaces.
I have always been enamoured with architecture, a passion rooted in growing up in a city surrounded by historic military architecture (a subject I explored in my 2002 exhibition Nothing Beside Remains), and living in Northern England for a time during my youth. From exploring the Halifax Defence Complex, to climbing around ruined castles in England, architecture has always held a special place in my heart.
In 2008, during a visit to Scotland, my love of Gothic architecture was kindled. For five days of that trip, I photographed ruined castles and abbeys, and while I reveled in the images, the fact the locations were in ruins prevented them from speaking of the architecture alone. It seemed impossible to separate the beauty of the buildings from the history that had left them scarred and empty, and the images had a haunting quality that interfered with the celebration of the structures themselves.