St Paul's Cathedral -- Closely following Roman models, Christopher Wren's Baroque masterpiece has
itself become a Neo-classical paradigm, particularly for the government edifices
of America. Concerts frequently take place on its imposing front steps, where
the magnificent dome, a defining feature of the London skyline, cannot be seen.
Eleven years ago, I came here not with a
camera, but a sketchbook. Descending from the top of the dome, I came to the
steps to hear music written by my friend Geoffrey, court composer for the Queen
Mother. We had a long conversation about the state of the English
people. Our observations included such seemingly incongruous nouns as order, conformity, openness, pride and resilience: they could very well
describe the architecture looming before us.
This photo was taken with a Nikon F100 with f2.8 28mm Nikon AF D
lens, and Fujicolor NPH135 ISO 400 film.