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Video: Light moves at the Washington National Cathedral


This time lapse video — part of the exhibition “Scaling Washington” at the National Building Museum — highlights the movement of stained glass light at the Washington National Cathedral. Photographer Colin Winterbottom was making fine art and documentary photographs of earthquake repairs at the Cathedral when he noticed the beautiful spray of colored light moving through scaffolded work spaces. He had little experience making time lapse, but thought the phenomenon had to be captured, especially as it moved over surfaces across time.

The video shows movement of light through areas of the Cathedral familiar to visitors as well as through temporary work spaces with limited access. Most of these vantages could only be accessed while scaffold was in place. The opening and closing images, for example — with the west rose window centered straight ahead within the nave — cannot be recreated now that scaffold is down.

The music is by Danyal Dhondy.

For more timelapse Cathedral fun, click here.

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4 comments on “Video: Light moves at the Washington National Cathedral

  1. loranneke
    April 10, 2020

    Such a silent, gorgeous dance…

    Liked by 1 person

  2. venantiusjpinto
    April 4, 2018

    “Magnificat anima mea dominum.”

    Liked by 1 person

  3. triciaknoll
    April 1, 2018

    As if it breathes and the ribs move…

    Liked by 1 person

  4. melpacker
    April 1, 2018

    No matter how one feels about religion (and I’m an atheist) this video of light moving in the National Cathedral is breathtakingly lovely.

    Liked by 1 person

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