Journey's end

By mrswoolybill
After a century spent wandering the roads of Northumberland carrying the coffin of St Cuthbert, the monks of Lindisfarne stumble, somewhat dazed, into a modern precinct in Durham City.
This is Fenwick Lawson's wonderful The Journey, one of my favourite sculptures. The hands have always fascinated me, they seem so gentle, caring. This is the first of three uploads, gradually moving out into the surrounding precinct.
Thanks for looking,

Tags: Photo journalism Sculpture Specialist and abstract

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NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
26 Sep 2012 8:15AM
A beautiful piece Moira, which can be viewed at from a whole range of perspectives. "Do we admire the craftsmanship, or do we try to unravel the meaning behind the hand gesture?" Or. "Is it the hand of a beggar, or is the hand a sign of help and hope?"

Regards Nathan

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capto Plus
6 5.2k 8 United Kingdom
26 Sep 2012 8:20AM
The beginning of a story, must see more.
Richsr 11 91 223 England
26 Sep 2012 8:34AM
Knew this would be yours Moria, good details and texture, V1 showing the hands well
morpheus1955 11 3 2 United Kingdom
26 Sep 2012 8:53AM
Two fantastic images Mira, wonderful detail and great textures and tones.

cats_123 Plus
14 4.8k 28 Northern Ireland
26 Sep 2012 9:12AM
both worthy of presentation..for me it's the face that does it......
mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1929 United Kingdom
26 Sep 2012 9:28AM
Thanks folks. Jeff, I have faces to come.
I find a different angle every time I visit this work, I really would recommend it to anyone in the North East.
User_Removed 13 386 2 United Kingdom
26 Sep 2012 9:35AM
I like V2 best.

barbarahirst 9 27 12 United Kingdom
26 Sep 2012 9:40AM
V1 looks so gentle and welcoming .. what a shock to see V2
KingBee Plus
12 529 2 Scotland
26 Sep 2012 9:50AM
Almost mono in their appearance, but the hint of colour makes for a more interesting pair of images, in my view. At the risk of of sounding facetious, v1 reminds me of the street folk we encountered in Milan.


mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1929 United Kingdom
26 Sep 2012 9:53AM

Quote:Almost mono in their appearance, but the hint of colour makes for a more interesting pair of images, in my view.
I tried b&w conversions but felt that they lost something - the tones in the sculpture are subtle and change according to the light, sometimes very blue, sometimes more reddish.
Thanks again, everyone.
helenlinda Plus
11 360 22 United Kingdom
26 Sep 2012 9:56AM
Isn't it wonderful that whenever you re-visit a sculpture like this you see things that you hadn't noticed before - this certainly does convey gentleness in-spite of rough angular lines SmileSmile
danbrann Plus
13 637 17
26 Sep 2012 9:56AM
The diagonal of the forearm and hand make this one so appealing.
26 Sep 2012 10:10AM
The cupping hand, the diagonal of the arm and the wonderful light.A great crop too which accentuates all of the aforementioned, a beautiful image worthy of a large print Moira.

Tibetan 6 3 England
26 Sep 2012 11:00AM
A very thought provoking pair of images I must say, nicely taken I like both reminds me of a figure I have in that colour of a Tibetan Monk, like it, regards Leon.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
Jasper87 Plus
8 2.0k 150 England
26 Sep 2012 11:04AM
Two lovely balanced 'crops', and well exposed to show the detail. A handsome image!

rontear Plus
15 8 8 England
26 Sep 2012 11:14AM
A helping hand Smile Moira.
26 Sep 2012 11:21AM
The daze was all that mead they were drinking.....Steve
mikbee 11 3 8 Scotland
26 Sep 2012 11:27AM
Thought they were mono too Moira,until I saw the hint of colour.
Interesting how it changes colour with the light.
Well spotted,and like the ''chunky'' carved appearance of these figures.
Joline Plus
12 30 53 United States
26 Sep 2012 11:59AM
This is so beautiful. Amazing how much expression can be drawn from a piece of stone by the master carvers.
franken Plus
15 4.6k 4 United Kingdom
26 Sep 2012 12:02PM
Version 2 for me Moira as the expression on the sculptures face is wonderful.

taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
26 Sep 2012 1:19PM
Thank you for your comment re:Bridging--- and for the link--- I can see how the two relate----a hint in the notion that all is related to all.
BarbaraR 12 17 1 England
26 Sep 2012 1:21PM
Lovely capture of a fine, inspiring sculpture.
Is it the same one I saw at Holy Island church I wonder ?

mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1929 United Kingdom
26 Sep 2012 1:26PM
Barbara, the sculpture spent some time on Holy Island before being moved to Durham a few years ago.
Thanks everyone. I should add that V2 is in this instance more for information/amplification, as I have uploaded head-and-shoulder shots before.
BarbaraR 12 17 1 England
26 Sep 2012 1:35PM
Ahh thanks for that reply (and the pm) Moira.
I'm glad to have seen it for myself then while on Holy Island.
It is wonderful.

B. Smile
gingerdelight 11 298 11 United Kingdom
26 Sep 2012 1:49PM
I thought I recognised this Moira - it's one of my favourite pieces of artwork too! I am looking forward to more!
TrevBatWCC Plus
9 12 12 England
26 Sep 2012 2:39PM
Seeing it close up like this really shows the wonderful detail. Like both versions, but think V1 wins it for me Wink
Trev Smile
CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
26 Sep 2012 3:39PM
A wonderful sculpture, Moira, which you have captured perfectly, well cropped and wonderful feeling of texture in the image. Carol
Well spotted Moira, when I saw the thumbnail I thought ...Moira/Bill, well I was half right, good lighting well picked out

SUE118 Plus
10 8 1 United Kingdom
26 Sep 2012 4:34PM
Love the detail.
AnnChown Plus
8 207 1 United Kingdom
26 Sep 2012 4:50PM
I love all those angles.
26 Sep 2012 5:33PM
VERY nicely done Moira, has to be V1 for me though.

John Smile
pdcche 7 4 United Kingdom
26 Sep 2012 8:08PM
Lovely detail and texture Moira, Peter..
bobsblues 8 10 2 United Kingdom
26 Sep 2012 8:18PM
Great pov love the detail in carving .
pluckyfilly 11 351 33 United Kingdom
26 Sep 2012 10:13PM
I like this for the hands - well composed pic
26 Sep 2012 11:50PM
Very emotional image, Moira!!!!!! AniaWink
Sezz 13 617 15 England
28 Sep 2012 2:57PM
Superb crop in V1, wonderful detail Moira and as Ania has said - emotive!
Was watching a programme the other night that included a snippet about St Cuthbert and Durham Cathedral - Interesting History!

Sarah *
LexEquine 12 19 United States
30 Sep 2012 8:56PM
'A Superlative & wonderful color Image Pair' ~ Peter Smile

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