I went to hear a friend’s recital recently – he is a very fine organist – which was held at St. Paul’s Anglican Church on Bloor Street, here in Toronto. As always, I arrived early, and I took the opportunity to photograph some of the very fine details of the church’s interior while my friend the organist warmed up the enormous instrument.
St. Paul’s is a big church (by Toronto standards – it would be dwarfed by a lot of churches in Europe), with high ceilings and stone tiles on the floor. The walls are pale cream and the woodwork is dark, making a striking contrast. There are memorials all along the walls, and little chapels tucked behind screens that you don’t see until you’re practically in them already. There is even a rose window in the west transept.
These angels are carved on the posts at the ends of the choir stalls in the chancel. The wood is very dark and glossy and the overhead lights were bright, which made the photo tricky – if I let it get too bright, the shine would overpower the grain of the wood, but if I let it get too dark, the shadows would swallow up all the detail. It took several tries to get the right balance.