St George's West Church by Tom Gomez

St George’s West Church in Shandwick Place, Edinburgh, Scotland.

Designed by David Bryce, the renowned architect whose work includes the Bank of Scotland headquarters on the Mound, and founded in 1843. The campanile, or bell tower, by Rowan Anderson, was added in 1881. Beautifully proportioned, with deft, Italian influences, the building was more than in keeping with the large and fashionable residential area it served. Well-heeled families from the nearby mansions on Melville Street would gather in their Sunday best to hear the Presbyterian minister, Alexander Whyte, preach humility and compassion. A marble bust of Whyte still sits in the entrance hall. No doubt the world-famous preacher, whose sermons included one about a washerwoman who was more deserving of a place in heaven than he was, would approve of the welcome sign, written in five languages, emblazoned on the door.

If some churches are a haven of quiet contemplation for the majority of the week, St George’s West is buzzing. Passers-by wander in for a look at the Palestinian craft shop on the ground floor or grab a cup of tea and a scone in the Olive Tree Cafe. Meanwhile, in the revamped basement, various voluntary groups – including Edinburgh Care and Support for the Homeless and Befriending Network Scotland – are busy answering telephones and meeting clients in modern office environments.

There’s so much going on, WeightWatchers, Alcoholics Anonymous, choirs, a drop-in centre for asylum-seekers, every group you can think of, meeting here every week.

Camera: Canon EOS 450D (Digital Rebel XSi in the USA)


1 shot RAW file converted to 3 exposures in photoshop raw converter, HDR’d and tonemapped in Photomatix.

Related shots can be found at: Edinburgh or you can look at all my HDR shots.

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  • BigD
    BigDalmost 6 years ago

    Excellent treatment, Tom

  • Cora Wandel
    Cora Wandelalmost 6 years ago

    Beautiful work, Tom!

  • Chris Clark
    Chris Clarkalmost 6 years ago

    excellent capture Tom

  • Barbara Manis
    Barbara Manisalmost 6 years ago

    Wonderfully captured, Tom. Thanks for the history!

  • simba
    simbaalmost 6 years ago

    Brilliant shot,Edinburgh is a wonderful city to visit,our son went to university there and it holds allot of fond memories for us.

  • Catherine Hamilton-Veal  ©
    Catherine Hami...almost 6 years ago

    Wonderful Tom great editing also the narrative is so informative. Does the Edinburgh Tourist Board know about you? LOL x

  • Ah, I wish Catherine, that would be a nice little earner – hehehe

    – Tom Gomez

  • Catherine Hamilton-Veal  ©
    Catherine Hami...almost 6 years ago

    Have you tried them Tom?

  • I dropped them an email a while ago, but I never got a response.

    – Tom Gomez

  • Elaine  Manley
    Elaine Manleyalmost 6 years ago

    beautiful !

  • Robin Brown
    Robin Brownalmost 6 years ago

    Thankfully no sign of the Dragon, St George sorted that wee problem out!! Fabulous shot as always Tom!!

  • Barry Norton
    Barry Nortonalmost 6 years ago

    Great shot tom

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