My last vacation, when I actually went away for a week, was in 2019 before covid hit. I stayed in a small village, Blakeney, right on the Welsh border, and only a short distance from the city of Gloucester, and it’s cathedral. Of course I made a visit, it quickly became one of my favourite cathedrals. The stained glass was a highlight, especially the “new” glass, most of it by the artist Thomas Denny. I encourage you to look him, and his art up here: Thomas Denny There are also a couple of wonderful windows by the artist Caroline Swash. (Above and below)
I discovered that there were more examples of his work in Hereford Cathedral, which was only 30 miles away. So I visited there too, on another day. On this trip, I had my Fujifilm X-Pro 2 with me. On it was the XF18-55mm (35mm equiv = 28-90mm approx). This is my main digital camera, although I do have a pocket compact and a couple of others, they actually get very little use these days, since I’ve gone “back to film”.
As you can probably tell from the titles, my filing system is poor, and by now I’ve muddled up which window in which cathedral. Most of the Thomas Denny windows I believe to be from his “Light” series dedicated to the poetry and music of Ivor Gurney, and in Gloucester Cathedral. I think my love of stained glass, particularly modern glass was probably born when, in my early teens, I remember being amazed by the “modern window” in Buckfast Abbey, on a family holiday, and making a photo of it on Kodachorme! That’s another story! Having a search through Thomas Denny’s website I notice that there a three or four of his windows right here in Dorset – I’ll have to look them up!