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I'm an architectural photographer. I travel around Britain interacting with special places. I work from my camper van called Woody and I share my experiences via this digest.

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The Photograph

It’s early and there’s a lot to do. I walk along the street, beyond the transept, to a door at the rear of the cathedral. I stand and wait until I hear the distinctive jingle of keys and then a clunk as the door opens. Lincoln is just waking up: there’s a rattle of milk bottles in the close and a giddy chirrup of sparrows as they fight over a morsel along the cusping.

The verger is giving me access to the cathedral before it opens so that I can complete the last leg of two wonderful days of photography. The verger heads off towards the cloisters and leaves me to get on with my work. I walk from the Angel Choir into the Sanctuary and set up my tripod and camera.

Whilst I’m working I get lost in the dials and settings of the camera. I work to find the right balance of aperture and time so that I can capture the first light as it rakes along the arcade and defines the details on the stiff leaf capitals.

My light meter tells me to expose for three seconds, but instinct says two. I plumb the information into the camera and then press the shutter release. There’s a comforting click as the exposure is made.

With my mind liberated from its task, I stop and take in my surroundings. With the verger in the cloister, I’m the only person inside the building.

I think to myself: ‘this is my work, and this is where my work takes me, and I'm so grateful.

Being alone in this place in the silence and the softened light seems so magical that I find it hard to root myself in the present. I feel giddy with it all - so I do what I always do in these situations - I take a chelfie (a church selfie): a photograph of myself within the space. It grounds me.

A photograph of Hereford Cathedral by Edwin Smith is the inspiration behind my chelfies. His photograph is more than just an image of the cathedral - it captures the state of his mind during a serious illness. Through the use of perspective and his dodging and burning, he reveals and conceals parts of the photograph to emphasise the silhouette of an angel.

He speaks to us both through the building and the photograph.

Hereford Cathedral by Edwin Smith - from the author's personal collection.

Although he's not visible, the photograph is a portrait of Edwin Smith. Sometimes photographs can be read like a book.

And so, wherever I go, through the the portraits of myself, I try and capture the atmosphere and snare the intangible: a visual diary of my state of mind wrapped within the genius loci of a building.

Llanfair Kilgeddin

Mind and building combined. The person, the place, the light, the time.


Sometimes, when looking at an image I feel that the boundary between myself and the photograph dissolves completely. Photography is a powerful medium.


Photography is such an integral part of my life that occasionally I feel as though my photographs act like charms. They inoculate me against the vagaries of present times.


During times when collective memory has become shorter, my photography has helped me stay in touch with the long view.


During times when the world is defined by extremes, my photography has shown that the story of my life and the communities around me is not the same as that chronicled by the media.

My photographs tell my story, my journey from darkness into light, they are an affirmation of who I am and they are my reductive way of filtering out the static in this world.


The photographs act like wormholes into the time they were taken, and are often the instigators of the stories that I tell within this digest; but more than that, amidst bouts of punishing low self-esteem, they remind me that I’m not an imposter, that I’m worthy of the places I photograph.


They remind me that I am a photographer.


I am a photographer because I have faced myself in the mirror.


I sing the song of buildings because their makers showed me the way, and I’m a sculptor of light because - after being plunged into darkness by depression - my camera taught me how to see.

Thornton le Beans

Through my lens I will journey on into 2024 - to capture the spirit of the places I visit, and ultimately share them for as long as I am able.


I hope you will join me on my travels in 2024

✨The New Year is bringing promise of new adventures.

Collaboration with Ken Sisk Productions.

Photography by me - with thanks to Capital Stone

Ken Sisk Productions (New York) are making a film about our built heritage and the materials, skills and processes used.

In January, I will be travelling in Woody with the film crew across several counties (including Derbyshire, Northamptonshire, Kent and Wiltshire) engaging with their interactions with some of the top skilled practitioners of trades and architectural practices in the most beautiful locations.

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In essence I’m offering my professional services for free to historic locations in Britain.

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No. 10

Salisbury Cathedral, Salisbury, Wiltshire.

No. 9

Hobbit houses, Bury St. Edmunds. Infilled into the remains of the west front of the Abbey of St. Edmund, Suffolk.

No. 8

The Crooked House, Lavenham, Suffolk

No. 7

St. Peter and St. Paul in Broadwell, Gloucestershire

No. 6

St. Mary's Abbey in York, Yorkshire.

No. 5

St. Mary's, Iffley in Oxfordshire

No. 4

Lavenham Priory in Lavenham, Suffolk

No. 3

St. John's Court in Malmesbury, Wiltshire

No. 2

Ghost gable, Wirksworth, Derbyshire

No. 1 🎉🎉🎉

St. Govan's Chapel, St. Govan's Head in Pembrokeshire.

Top 3 most viewed pages on Genius Loci Digest in 2023:

Van Life Gallery
My van, Woody, is my time-travelling machine, taking me to some remarkable places that have altered my mind like wine through water.
From Breakdown to New Vocation: My Genius Loci Digest Journey
In the late 1990’s I had a breakdown that ultimately led me, through a journey that took me away from depression, to a new career in photography. But what was the spark that ignited my journey?
My Book: A Singular Point of Light
A Singular Point of Light

Top 3 most viewed Digests on Genius Loci Digest in 2023:


Andy Marshall’s Genius Loci Digest: 3 March 2023
Wirksworth changed the way I see things and I’m thankful for that.

Hebden Bridge:

Andy Marshall’s Genius Loci Digest: 27 Oct 2023
Welcome For those that are new here: thanks for coming along.. I’m an architectural photographer. I travel around Britain recording and interacting with special places that have a spirit about them. I work from my camper van called Woody and I share my experiences via this digest. ⚡️ Missed the last

Camper-van-camino through Wales: Brithdir, Manordeifi, Castlemartin, Freshwater East, Gumfreston and St. Govan's Chapel.

Andy Marshall’s Genius Loci Digest: 19 May 2023
Here is the full three days of a remarkable journey into the heart of Pembrokeshire.

Wisdom sits in places: the locations that impacted me most in 2023:

Pennant Melangell:

Pennant Melangell-more realm than place...
This really is a magical place - more realm, than place. Because of its location - at the head of a glacial valley, surrounded by hills full of pine and conifer…


Andy Marshall’s Genius Loci Digest - 13 Jan 2023
Llandaff is to Cardiff as Vatican City is to Rome - although on a much smaller scale.

Saffron Walden:

Andy Marshall’s Genius Loci Digest: 3 Feb 2023
There’s nothing quite like getting caught up in the ouvre of a place than by seeing it through the daub of a writer’s words, the artist’s brush or the photographer’s lens.


Andy Marshall’s Genius Loci Digest: 28 April 2023
And so I find myself, over three days, encapsulated like a fly in amber within the bounds of that gaze.


Andy Marshall’s Genius Loci Digest: 14 July 2023
I’m travelling in Woody on the way to a photoshoot beyond London, but I make a detour to see a place that I’ve been wanting to see for a very long time.


Andy Marshall’s Genius Loci Digest: 21st July 2023
Perhaps, collectively, we should devote more time to seeking out and experiencing awe. It seems that we might find it at the churchyard down the lane.


Andy Marshall’s Genius Loci Digest: 22 Sep 2023
“The peeling paint, the muted colours and the rusting iron is no more. Here time’s cataract has been removed, and I’m seeing a building as the Victorians first saw it. ”


Andy Marshall’s Genius Loci Digest: 25 Aug 2023
This place goes deep into the psyche, deep into time and is deep into the ground.


Andy Marshall’s Genius Loci Digest: 17 March 2023
It’s almost surreal to think that a place as enchanting as Edinburgh truly exists. Whenever I visit this capital city, which exudes the charm of a quaint village, I have to pinch myself to believe it’s only a few hours’ drive away.

and so many more...

My favourite camper van snack of 2023:

Cheesy Egg Bread


My favourite van accessory of 2023:

AeroPress Go Coffee Maker


My favourite camper van hookup of 2023:

Edinburgh Club Campsite
At the edge of the city on the banks of the Firth of Forth, our Edinburgh Club Campsite is open all year for both members and non members.

My favourite road trip of 2023:

Brigstock to Kew

"I feel very privileged to be here in the gardens at Kew at this time. Not a soul about. Peace and stillness, waiting for the light to dip. That perfect moment where the golden hour turns into the blue hour and a luminescent equilibrium occurs."

Wishing you a peaceful and rewarding New Year!

Thank you for all your support this year. I'm so grateful.

Photographs and words by Andy Marshall (unless otherwise stated). Most photographs are taken with Iphone 14 Pro and DJI Mini 3 Pro.