Durham Cathedral from South Street.
Semi abstract digital. Durham Cathedral from South Street. Durham Cathedral and the City has been so well used as a subject for magnificence and beauty by artists over the years. Recently,however, attempts have been made to convey its image abstractly by a few artists. For me there have been three socially powerful architectural images in Durham City - the Victorian prison, the law courts and the castle and cathedral.The visual image of each was a clear reminder to the population of the power of the State and the Church and the need for social order in less than ordered times - 'ignore it at your peril'. So, these are images of social control - although not so powerful today as they were in the past.
About the Artist
I was born in 1946. In the 1960s and part of the 70s I was an airman in the Royal Navy, Fleet Air Arm. I joined Durham Constabulary in 1971. In 1999 I retired from policing and began teaching sociology and criminology at Durham University with emphasis on policing and researching crime. I've just…View full profile