One of my favourite personal things to photograph is church and temple panoramas. While I don’t have a religion myself I love the history and architecture of these buildings.

While completing the final project of the HND I studied in Birmingham I did a series of 360 degree panoramics which included 360 degree interior photos of Lichfield Cathedral. I exhibited these around three months before I moved to Edinburgh and the show turned out really successful.

As part of a long term project for which I want to shoot the interiors of churches all around the UK, which I’ll make a book of eventually, I asked for permission to shoot the interior of St Johns Church at the end of Princes Street in Edinburgh. They really loved the images I turned out and a year and a half after the initial meeting commissioned me to photograph both the inside and outside of this attractive church.

St Johns Church also contains the graves of some quite famous people for which I’ll be updating the info here in due course.

The set of images below are just a small selection of the photos I’ve taken.

st johns church edinburgh

The above two images are two of my favourites of recent times. I shot this was a 1.3x crop Canon 1d3 but with a 35mm lens. My widest lens after this is a 14mm fisheye but this is impractical for this kind of image. I shot the above with a Really Right Stuff pano kit and the resulting image is equivalent to 11mm.

st johns church edinburgh panoramic
st johns church edinburgh panoramic
st johns church edinburgh graveyard
st johns church edinburgh graveyard
st johns church edinburgh graveyard
st johns church edinburgh graveyard

In no way gothic or sick I’ve always had a fascination with graveyards. I’m fascinated at the history of graveyards. Some of the graves in Edinburgh are many hundreds if not thousands of years old and they come in all shapes and sizes. St John’s has a few historic gravestones and there’s also a small private graveyard on the west side of the church.

st johns church edinburgh headstones
st johns church edinburgh headstones
st johns church edinburgh headstones
st johns church edinburgh headstones
st johns church edinburgh headstones
st johns church edinburgh headstones

The above few photos are a collection of some of the gravestones I shot at St Johns. I will update the photos with some names when I have the time but I believe some of the graveyard residents are quite famous (in Scotland at least).

For more photos like these check out the rest of my blog or go to Chris Radley Photography

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  1. Liv Wan

    These photos are so beautiful. I’m so proud of you!!