PJ and I have some exciting news for our holidays. We will be traveling to Columbus, Ohio to visit her siblings and on the way back we will spend two days in Bryn Athyn, Pennsylvania to photograph the famous Bryn Athyn Cathedral.
In 1915, Professor William Henry Goodyear, formerly curator of the Metropolitan Museum in New York, presented a series of lectures in nearby Philadelphia about his study of medieval departures from rectilinear design and symmetry. The builders at Bryn Athyn were greatly moved by his work and began a series of adjustments to their own church featuring entasis, intentional departures from vertical and horizontal straight lines (“bends in elevation”, “curves in plan”); in order to give a sense of life and movement to the building.
PJ and I are planning to study these effects in the Église Saint Aignan in Saint Quentin next year, and this will afford us an opportunity to develop our techniques for capturing these subtle changes. We are very grateful to the administration of Bryn Athyn for granting us access to the church for our work.