Created 1-Sep-13
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.

Steeple and Clouds

Steeple and Clouds

Bible at the Window

Bible at the Window

Balcony

Balcony

Aisle Seats

Aisle Seats

Baptismal Light

Baptismal Light

Battin Chapel Window

Battin Chapel Window

Bible Wings

Bible Wings

Chair Backs

Chair Backs

Corner Pew

Corner Pew

First Light at Wexford

First Light at Wexford

Candle Light

Candle Light

Four Windows

Four Windows

Five Chairs

Five Chairs

Flock

Flock

Palmyra Methodist

Palmyra Methodist

Seat Saved

Seat Saved

Pulpit Steps

Pulpit Steps

Sanctuary Door

Sanctuary Door

Pulpit

Pulpit

Simple Pews

Simple Pews

Guestbook for Places of Spirt and Light
C. Lawrence (Larry) Doyle(non-registered)
Wonderful images of feeling and spirit. A truly refined artistic body of work worthy of attention. Something we all strive to achieve.
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