When I arrived on a mellowing October dawn the sun, in acute relief, ignited the countryside for a brief period.
Lodged within the light box that is the south transept at All Saints', Billesley are two pieces of carved stone from former times
The first is a tympanum, beautifully carved, depicting a man being chased by evil (a serpent dragon) and moving towards the Holy Spirit (a dove).
Beneath such intricate and embroidered beauty lay a lump of stone which, in the half light of the early morning, didn't amount to much in terms of visual allure.
And it dawned upon me
This is how the originators must have meant their carvings to be seen
Firstly in the darkness
..and then suddenly exposed in relief - a piece of visual magic combining skill, time and light.
Not only this - but as I watched - the pattern swayed and eddied. And with the movement of the light, different parts lit up, whilst others disappeared.
An Anglo-Saxon study in time and motion
Only a mindset with such a different gearing of time could have created such a thing. Time on a different level.
Our appreciation of such art has now been lost with our quick-fire world and racing minds.
We stand for a moment and see the hard tooled stone, without really seeing.
I sat for an hour and watched - completely taken by the moment - sinking into timelessness that I had not experienced before.
A full hour felt like the blink of an eye.
And when the light was gone - my mind shifted gear from their world back to ours.
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