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branches at belle isle

three opportunities

That’s right. There’s at least three opportunities to purchase my work and get a great deal. Blurb where I produce my photography books currently has a 50% off sell. Coupon code is BEST50. In my shop you’ll find a range of books including a new compilation of images from a field in Woburn, MA.

Preview the book here.

In my Zazzle shop you’ll find a mix of merchandise for the holiday season and well beyond.

Coupon code for up to 70% off items is ZAZCYBERSALE.

Details from John La Farge’s Presentation of the Virgin

And if you prefer to step away from the computer and like to browse the shelves in person, then I invite you to visit the gift shop at Trinity Church where you’ll find some new postcards as well as classic images, and a lovely selection of music, inspiration books and other merchandise. Located at 206 Clarendon St., entrance is across from the Boston Public Library. Enjoy!

the christmas cactus

 

As I plantsit a friend’s cactus, it is providing lots of wonderful photographic opportunity. Enjoy, and wherever you are in the world, have a good day.ūüôā

heron’s feet

I did indeed photograph the whole bird as it stood on a log in the Mystic River. I was hoping it might take flight but it didn’t and so I began to focus on the¬†one thing moving — the water rippling as it flowed over the heron’s feet.

the last few leaves

Detail from Presentation of the Virgin (after Titian) by John La Farge, 1888

At Trinity Church in the City of Boston, there is the stained glass window, Faith, by Burlison & Grylls of London, installed in 1877-1878. It was given in memory of Charles Hook Appleton and Isabella Mason by their teenaged daughters Julia and Marian Alice, known as The Appleton Sisters.  The two sisters were extremely close. They lived together on Beacon Street and purchased adjoining property in Lenox, MA. 

Julia and Marian Alice Appleton

Julia and Marian Alice Appleton

Eventually, the oldest daughter Julia would meet and marry noted architect Charles McKim, a colleague and friend of the artist John La Farge. ¬†Sister Alice¬†would marry George Von Lengerke Meyer.¬†As did many families of their social circle¬†the McKims¬†traveled extensively and often throughout Europe. In Venice they visited¬†the galleries and in that city one of Julia’s favorite paintings was Titian’s Presentation of the Virgin, 1534-1538.

In 1887, Julia would unexpectedly die during childbirth. The grieving McKim, along with sister Alice, would commission John La Farge to create a window in Julia’s memory. ¬†La Farge would select as focus a small portion of Titian’s large canvas.¬†The window would be designed and completed within five months.

The window depicts a young girl climbing steps and symbolizes Julia’s climb toward heaven. ¬†Below this image and considered separate from the story is the image of an angel playing a musical instrument. It is a spectacular window at any time of day but especially when the sun is shining just right through the opalescent and painted glass. For this series of images, that perfect time was approximately 1pm on a sunny day.

La Farge’s early sketch can be found at the¬†Boston Museum of Fine Arts, and the actual window is located on the south wall of Trinity Church located in Boston’s Copley Square.

Sources & Additional Reading

Trinity Church Tours

http://library.bc.edu/lafargeglass/exhibits/show/descriptions/all-saints/trinity-boston

Presentation of the Virgin

early sketch by La Farge

 

at the water’s edge

Several analogies came to mind. The sun like liquid gold spilling over rocks into the sea. The sun in a bucket being dribbled from the heavens into the waters below. Jackson Pollack with a wide paintbrush and blue canvas and working only with shades of gold. In the end as in the beginning it was simply reflections of mostly bare branches and refraction at work in the gentle rolling waves of the Charles River.