In searching for the
I retraced my steps
upon Bayham Abbey.
photography website of RJ Lam, fine art photographer
Light back to its source"
Bayham Abbey, Lamberhurst Quarter
The Premonstratensian Order
order was founded in 1120 by St Norbert at Prémontré,
near Laon, France. In 1143 anno domini, the Order extended towards
England where its legacy remains: thus Bayham Abbey. Dissolved
under the Reformation, Bayham Abbey was then reconstructed in
response to the 18th century' early penchant for romantic nostalgia.
In some respects, the visual representation of an epoch of high
medieval monasticism remains mostly an impermeable phantasy for
the postmodern thinker. Yet the spiritual grounds of Bayham Abbey,
sacralised by the French Order, desecrated in the Protestant protests
of the Reformation, and then anaesthetised into cosmetic reconstruction,
still bears its spiritual portent vividly. Vastitas Anima therefore,
is a personal response to recover visual ground from both the
Reformation stance and the 18th century stance towards the sacred.
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and text by RJ Lam & Lux Camera UK 2003 - 2006