So taken was he with this idea, that after the commission was completed Marlow continued photographing the buildings – and over four years he eventually visited and shot all 42 cathedrals in the Church of England.
The prints were brought together for a Merrell monograph and are now being displayed together at London’s Wapping Project Bankside.
Marlow’s images are all shot from the same position and at the same time of day – looking east along the nave as dawn breaks.
Marlow says, ‘The viewpoint adds depth to the visual experience of the building, while the discipline of this strict approach allows the power of the place to unfold in the dark.’
He adds, ‘I would spend time sitting in the nave, absorbing the power of the place where for centuries people had experienced the energy, fear and balm of religion. Everything about these places has already been said, but they have not all been “experienced”.’
Peter Marlow, the English Cathedral, is at The Wapping Project Bankside, 65a Hopton Street, London SE1, until 24 August.