Norwegian Church

The subject in my picture was the Norwegian Church in Cardiff Bay. Built in the 1900s for the Norwegian sailors that came in and out of Cardiff port, then the busiest shipping port in the world, this was a place where they could come together and worship. The church has been a major focal point of Cardiff Bay since the redevelopment in the 1990s when it was one of the first buildings restored, long before the bars and clubs arrived on the scene. The trees help to remind me that this was winter time when I took this and the time of day was probably about 6PM. I remember running around the church firing a flash gun to try to lift the shadows. I had to make sure that I linger otherwise I’d have shown up in the shot. The exposure was at approximately 1-2 minutes. This is the beauty about long exposures, you never really know what you’re going to get – especially when you worked with film. You’d only see these images later when you developed the film or produced a contact sheet in the darkroom. Now I can get to see the images immediately on the back of the camera, which is also great since you don’t leave your photo shoot till you know you have a decent shot.