The photographer looking to compose an interesting picture involving a church does well to look beyond this viewpoint. Sometimes the context of churchyard and trees can be used. Another device is a view of the church and churchyard through the lychgate. Often, however, a part of the church can be selected, for its own interest, and because it is representative of the whole. That is what I tried to achieve in this photograph of Old St John, Pilling, Lancashire. The avenue of yews and their associated shadows make a contrasting frame for the main entrance with its sundial, the window and the modest bellcote on the roof.
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photograph & text (c) T. Boughen