I don’t think I’ve shared this photo before, it’s from my last trip to New York, seemed appropriate, since it’s Easter an all. I’ve also been super lax in posting work and updates, so I need to break the seal, right? I’ve actually been spending less time shooting, and more time working on my first novel, as far as creative pursuits go.
This is the interior of St. Patrick’s Cathedral, in Manhattan. I happened to be touring it late in the evening, after services, and was one of the last person’s to leave as they closed, affording me a fleeting opportunity to capture it completely empty. The cathedral is done in a Gothic Revival style, a signature feature being the tall, load bearing interior columns of masonry, and tall narrow windows. St. Patricks is brick-clad marble, quarried from New York and Massachusetts. It took about twenty years to build, with a brief pause for a civil war, starting in 1858 and dedication taking place in 1879.
It’s hard to do justice to the feeling you get standing in a cathedral like this, and that’s saying quite a lot, since I’m an atheist. They’re masterworks of architecture, a testament to the ability of man to accomplish great, beautiful things with nothing more than ingenuity and, basically, hand tools, especially considering that the first motorized truck wasn’t invented until 1896, with a whopping four horsepower engine. With much of the marble coming from Massachusetts, and the slate for the roof coming from Maine, that’s a lot of heavy stone being moved up to 500 miles, by boat and by horse-drawn cart.
If the construction of the cathedral itself wasn’t enough, then there are the pipe organs, themselves a marvel of the applied sciences of physics and pure maths, in the form of ingenious engineering and beauty. The original Gallery Organ, constructed in 1879, was replaced in 1927. The new organ required an expansion of the gallery, to accommodate the 7,855 pipes it required, the longest of which being 32 feet!