Tring is a unique and cosy small market town in Hertfordshire about 30 miles from London.
Like Throop Mill, it’s centuries old and mentioned in the Domesday Book. It has a real sense of nostalgia, one which I feel particularly strongly due to family day trips taken there way back in my youth. There’s a fantastic natural history museum which, as a child, fed my uncompromising obsession for sharks, along with a Memorial Gardens, a 17th-Century mansion, and an impressive church and cemetery. It’s the latter, the Saint Peter and St Paul Church which I came to shoot.
In October 2015, I was in London for an old friend’s wedding. Still genuinely a bit gutted about missing a cracking sunset a few days previously, and slightly frazzled as the result of some long, hectic and emotional days, I was in strong need of some recreation time, and so made a solo visit out to Tring.
I take photographing historical buildings like this seriously and with a real sense of responsibility. As with my other photos of such subject, like Christchurch Castle, I always like to communicate a sense of significance, nostalgia and grandeur. Blessed with good light, and with no changing tides or fading light to worry about, I had the luxury to slow down and really think about what I was doing.
Composition is so important to photography, and I take an extremely clinical approach to it. Every millimetre of a photograph is critical, it all adds up to the overall feeling and effectiveness. To that end, I’ll never ever shoot a landscape handheld – I’ll only ever use a tripod, as it gives you minute control.
It’s lovely to have the time to really stop and think about what you’re doing, making sure that every element included in the photograph works together towards communicating the same message or emotion.
This session made for a thoroughly enjoyable one, providing some much-needed respite away from travel, weddings, people, people and more people, to enjoy the thing I love. I give you, Tring Church.
Part of the Everywhere else collection.