by Borderstan.com March 21, 2013 at 6:00 am 0

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National Cathedral is by thisisbossi from the Borderstan FLickr pool.

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Today’s photo, National Cathedral is by thisisbossi. The photo was taken March 9.

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by Borderstan.com February 27, 2013 at 6:00 am 0

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National Cathedral is by ep_jhu from the Borderstan Flickr pool.

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Today’s photo, National Cathedral is by ep_jhu. The photo was taken on February 17 on a clear cold morning.

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by Borderstan.com January 3, 2013 at 9:00 am 0

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Interior Scaffold, Washington National Cathedral by Colin Winterbottom. (Image from Washington National Cathedral website)

From Eliza French. Follow her on Twitter @elizaenbref; email her at eliza[AT]borderstan.com.

“Gothic Resilience,” an exhibition of photographs by Colin Winterbottom of Washington’s National Cathedral, opens at Long View Gallery January 10. On display through February 10, the collection of photographs captures rare images of the Washington landmark. Working closely with the Cathedral, Winterbottom began photographing the building in 2011, after restoration efforts had begun to repair damage from the earthquake in August.

The show is part of an ongoing collaboration between Winterbottom and Washington National Cathedral. The Cathedral will house a companion exhibit and host related programming in March. Winterbottom will also continue his photography of the building throughout the restoration.

Winterbottom first became involved with the restoration when Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc., the engineering firm hired by the Cathedral to assess the earthquake damage, hired Winterbottom to photograph the inspection.  “Most of my work I create independently,” Winterbottom wrote in an e-mail, “but this was one commission I was happy to take; and it was an amazing experience itself.”

After the damage has been assessed, the photographer presented some of the photographs in person to staff members at the Cathedral. “If things went well at that meeting I was simply hoping to ask if — as a favor — I could have a couple of hours in the Bethlehem Chapel (a small chapel on the lower crypt level) with a ladder and tripods to shoot all the details in the vaulted ceiling,” he recalls.

Needless to say, the outcome of that meeting far exceeded Winterbottom’s hopes. After reviewing the inspection photos and some of Winterbottom’s other fine art photos, officials at the Cathedral were interested in “exploring a broader partnership” that evolved into “Gothic Resilience” over time.

The Cathedral granted Winterbottom unique access to the structure, and the black-and-white and sepia photographs he produced capture the varied architectural character of the building. The collection includes arresting detail shots of hand carved ornamentation, striking views of the towers against D.C.’s skyline, and images of every scale in between of both the interior and exterior. Through these images, Winterbottom conveys the structure’s enduring resilience despite its structural damage; its ornate detail despite its grand scale; and its presence as a self-contained site despite its context among the many landmarks in the nation’s capital.

“I have always hoped that my photographs of D.C. had changed the way people looked at the city — and I think the Cathedral similarly wanted a series with a different perspective on the landmark.  “I think I… accentuate a kind of dynamic tension within monumental spaces; and I think … [Cathedral officials] wanted some of that perspective.” Undoubtedly, the photographs cast new light the Cathedral for most Washingtonians.

To RSVP for the opening reception next Thursday, January 10 from 6:30 to 8 pm, email [email protected]. The exhibit will remain on display at Long View during regular business hours until February 10. Winterbottom has also posted a preview of selected works from the show on his website.

Details

  • “Gothic Resilience” by Colin Winterbottom
  • January 10 through February 10, 2013
  • An In-Depth Look into the National Cathedral Restoration
  • Long View Gallery, 1234 9th St NW Washington
  • Wednesday-Saturday 11 am to 6 pm; Sunday noon to 5 pm.

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by Borderstan.com June 26, 2012 at 6:00 am 0

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“Solar Copter” is by ep_jhu from the Borderstan Flickr pool.

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Today’s photo, “Solar Copter” was taken by ep_jhu on June 19: “A helicopter passes in front of the sun, setting right beside the National Cathedral.”

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by Borderstan.com June 12, 2012 at 6:00 am 0

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"National Cathedral Sunset" is by thisisbossi from the Borderstan Flickr pool.

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Today’s photo, “National Cathedral Sunset” was taken by thisisbossi on June 6. The Washington National Cathedral‘s actual name is The Cathedral Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul of the Episcopal Church.

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by Borderstan.com October 28, 2008 at 6:39 pm 0

This is from “Free in DC,” but there is actually a charge:

Sometimes I find an event I can’t resist posting even though it costs a bit more than ten dollars and this is one of those I just stumbled on! I love the National Cathedral space and can’t imagine a better place to see this event!

Recognized as one of the greatest mystics and poets of Islam, Rumi attracts spiritual seekers from almost every religion in the world, inviting them into the mystical realm of Sufism. Experience this inspired spiritual leader and great lover of humanity in the poetry and whirling dance of the Mevlevi Sufi Order of Turkey, founded by Rumi’s son. Faruk Celebi Efendi, a direct descendant of Rumi, leads the Order and offers opening remarks. Rumi’s poetry and a troupe of whirling dervishes are joined by singers and musicians for this extraordinary interfaith experience. In Rumi’s words, “Come, come, whoever you are. Wanderer, idolator, worshipper of fire…”

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