20,000 see Bart’s sun­set church snap

Macclesfield Express - - CHARITY ROUND-UP - STU­ART GREER

AN am­a­teur pho­tog­ra­pher has cap­tured a stun­ning pic­ture of one of the town’s old­est churches.

Bart Ste­fa­niak, 21, snapped the re­flec­tion of the clock tower of St Michael’s Church dur­ing sun­set.

He sent it to the Ex­press and we posted it on our Face­book page, prompt­ing an amaz­ing re­ac­tion.

His photo was shared dozens of times, reach­ing more than 20,000 peo­ple all over the world.

Com­ment­ing on Bart’s pic­ture, Louise Guirey said: “It is a very clever and unique pic­ture. Never seen any­thing like that be­fore.”

Brid­get “Fan­tas­tic Barret said: pho­to­graph. Hope you en­ter this into a na­tional com­pe­ti­tion.”

Pa­tri­cia Wel­lock said: “Ex­cel­lent photo. The clar­ity in the re­flec­tion is su­perb.”

Grace Nadin-Sal­ter said: “Stun­ning.”

The suc­cess has spurred on Bart, who lives on the Moss es­tate, in his hobby.

Bart said: “I have messed around with cam­eras for about three years, but only last year de­cided to try and learn how to use the fea­tures prop­erly.

“I was walk­ing around the town cen­tre a few weeks ago and the sun­set was cre­at­ing some won­der­ful images.

“I was mak­ing my way to­wards the church when I looked down and saw the re­flec­tion of the clock tower in the pud­dle. I had to quickly avoid step­ping in the pud­dle and wreck­ing the shot.

“As soon as I took it I knew it was one of the best I have ever taken.”

Bart de­cided to share it with Ex­press read­ers to get some feed­back – and was blown away by the re­sponse.

He said: “I posted the pic­ture with no ex­pec­ta­tions and for­got about it. A friend told me that it was be­ing shared on Face­book and get­ting nice com­ments. It made me so happy.”

Bart is orig­i­nally from Poland.

His fam­ily, in­clud­ing dad Jan, mum Joanna and sis­ter Maria, 18, moved to Mac­cles­field nine years ago.

Bart said he proudly calls Mac­cles­field his home now.

He said: “It was scary mov­ing here nine years ago, and speak­ing lit­tle English. But I tried re­ally hard at school and passed my ex­ams. Now I study­ing mar­ket­ing man­age­ment at univer­sity in Manch­ester.”

Bart started pho­tog­ra­phy as part of his course.

He said: “I am just start­ing off, so all the feed­back I get helps. Hav­ing my pic­ture get such good feed­back has re­ally helped my con­fi­dence.”

●● Bart Ste­fa­niak

●● Bart’s photo

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