Places of Spirit and Light
The first images of some of the churches in this project were made on glass plates and developed in a darkroom with a toxic brew of chemicals. Now, some 150 years later, I photographed them with a digital camera and processed them in a comfortable, well-lit office. The only toxic chemical needed was the diet pop next to the keyboard.
Photography, society, and our local culture have changed radically during the life span of these churches. Yet each Sunday congregations attend services in these buildings and worship together much as generations of people before them have. These churches’ place in our history and continuity of purpose are part of their appeal.
But their most appealing aspect is their simplicity. With just a steeple, distinctive windows, and a double-wide door of welcome, these buildings create a powerful sense of spirit; much as poetry creates profound meaning in just a few words. It was the sense of simple spirit that I wanted to photograph.
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