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St Paul's in perspective

One word can change everything: perspective.

It is the fine line between right and wrong; truth and fiction; darkness and light. With various perspectives, that fine line becomes blurred and occasionally obliterated; universal absolutes become obsolete.

St. Paul’s Cathedral is a beautiful, complex structure. The ridges and crevices play on twisting shadows and brilliant illumination. From each different angle, the edifice becomes something entirely new.

Visitors to London soon realise the cathedral is difficult to describe. Most start with the magnificent dome; the spherical structure stands supreme and delights, as it has for over 300 years.

But a closer look reveals the golden statues and archaic pillars. An even closer proximity exposes millions of details that could be easily overlooked. It all depends on what one is willing to find.

Made to feel small

It is hard not to feel miniscule while standing next to the hulking building. However, from across the Thames, it becomes just another historic landmark in London’s vast skyline.

To some, the structure symbolises worship and solemnity. To others, it is a must-have snapshot to add to a holiday album. Whether worshipping within or taking photographs of St. Paul's, all are interacting with the cathedral.

Is one perspective better than the other? Not necessarily. Our views are shaped by experience. Valuing one perspective over another is akin to comparing two lives together; it simply cannot be done.

Variety in opinion is the spice that makes the human race interesting. St. Paul's is a cathedral; that is fact. St. Paul's is enormous; that is perspective.

No one can force another to change his or her perspective on life. They can only describe what they see, and challenge another to prove them wrong. Try looking at the iconic cathedral in a different way. Make it your own.


Words & images by Wendy Anstead
Visit St. Paul's Cathedral, Saint Paul's Church Yard, London EC4M 8AD 
(020 7246 8357)
www.stpauls.co.uk 

Nearest tube station: St. Paul's (Central line)

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