My previous post took me the photos of Simon_K and his enormous haul of photos of England's Eastern counties. I was reminded in doing so of two interests of mine that come together in some of his beautiful photos.
Stained glass is one of those art forms, a little like marble sculpture, to which I came late. For a long while both were simply things I walked past or ignored on the assumption that I knew they didn't do anything for me at all. And then, as I've related elsewhere, suddenly you take another look and something clicks. I don't know anything about stained glass, I wish I did. It would be wonderful to be able to confidently point at some and know which century even it was created in. However, I do know the work of Ninian Comper (my second interest in Simon_K's photos) because he's photographed a number of Comper churches. Comper was one of the great church architects and craftsmen of the late nineteenth, early twentieth centuries, a great man of the gothic revival... some say he's all kitsch and Victorian Aryan Christianity... but there is much more there, I think, a delicacy, an innocence and a real sense of beauty as in these examples above.