Looking through the eye of a lens and finding the light of the world

Fi's challenge of seeing the world through the eye of a lens

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When Fi, suggested the challenge to walk around a town we'd not visited before or our own town, and take snaps of odd things that capture our eye I was transported back to 'growing up' again. You remember those days when you would take photo's of anything, from the record your parents had bought you for your birthday or standing by the Christmas tree in a brand new shirt or pajamas or taking photo's of all your mates around someones house or taking that photo of that huge pizza you ordered or that bottle of beer with the funny name, etc. Happy times.

Unfortunately I was unable to seek out a new town because I've exhausted them all, I'm a man who loves to visit new places, towns and city's - I love going somewhere new. So, I decided to walk around the town I've lived in for the last six years and search out things that maybe I've been missing. 

Luckily for me we have a tiny museum I'd not been to yet and Fi's challenge forced me, in a nice way of course, to check it out. I have to thank Fi for this because it's a place I've been meaning to go to for years but never managed to find the time. This is strange because I love visiting museums and the like. Walking around the museum gave me a different perspective on the town. It was well worth the small effort it cost me.

Leaving the museum I continued through the town checking out the architecture. To be honest this is something I do anyway but still it was nice to be aware of this habit of mine. 

Slinking through town I decided to further the challenge by checking out my local church. I'm not a church goer but I absolutely love stained glass - love it. Stained glass bowls me over, and over and over again. Favourites include absolutely everything in Chester Cathedral, Tom Denny's works at Tewkesbury Abbey and my all time favourite Edward Burne-Jones at Birmingham Cathedral - UNBELIEVABLE! Well I would say that seeing as I'm a Pre-Raphaelite junkie. 

Anyway, in I went to Holy Trinity Church in Malvern and low and behold they had a stained glass representation of Light of the World by one of the founding members of the Pre-Raphaelite brotherhood; William Holman Hunt. I couldn't believe it. 

I then realised how this was all interwoven with Wake Up. When me and Sarah went to the Great Wake Up launch in London at the start of 2016, we grabbed a chance visit to St. Paul's Cathedral to specifically see the painting Light of the World. It was outstanding. 

This challenge was great fun and showed, with the aid of a camera, and a little bit of imagination, that there are different ways of looking at the world and who knows, you might find something new and if you're lucky you might find the Light of the World.

Mark Cuddy

Someone who learned to wake up


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over 4 years ago
Mark, this was exactly what I had in mind for this challenge, thanks for sharing your experiences and I, too am a Pre Raphaelite fan x