Spring will come! Meanwhile, here are a few projects that I’m working on.
1. New postcards coming to the Trinity Church Bookshop. Most of my previous images have focused on details of the stained glass windows. These new images highlight the wall paintings, murals and the interesting play of winter light across the unique architectural features of the building.
2. Moving forward with the Interludes. Interludes is a collection of historical vignettes composed of words and images relating in someway to the life journey of Joseph A. Horne (1911-1987). My research into his life began, in part, out of curiosity sparked by stories that he’d told his son and his son would later share with me.
Researching his life became a walk through history as I learned about orphan trains, immigration, the Depression, the Farm Security Administration, photography used at home and in war, and then there was the Monuments, Fine Arts & Archives program. What a delight to share with his son, “Hey, did you know your dad was one of the Monuments Men?”
In addition to my main chapters, there are “interlude extras.” Please check out previous posts here: interludes TOC. Coming soon Mr. Horne’s correspondence in the 1940s and 1950s with photographic historian and collector, Dr. Erich Stenger, and the complexities of operating the Offenbach Archival Depot.
3. Collecting and Sharing “Lost” Stories. It’s not so much that most of the stories are lost. I just think that some portions of these stories could be more widely known.
For instance, it’s not so much sharing the technical story of this stained glass window designed by Frederic Crowninshield in the 1880s (which was sadly dismantled in the 1950s). What I’m looking forward to sharing is the story of the remarkable Bostonian for whom the window was created and whose legacy is still being felt today.
I’m also looking forward to sharing even a small portion of the story of an African American architect who started out designing stained glass in the late 1800s before moving on to design buildings, and even starting an architecture department, before his death in the late 1920s. Researching this man’s life has opened my eyes to the role of African Americans in architecture. It has also given me a new perspective on the complexities of life, within and across ethnicities, as America forever dances (and fences) with the idea of becoming a “melting pot.” Stay tuned.
4. More Food Photography. Well, when you’re stuck in a “snow globe” after many successive snowstorms, and your favorite place to work at home is the warm kitchen, you can start to have a lot of fun photographing food. We’ll see what the rest of this wintry culinary season has to hold for me and my camera.
That’s the scoop. Stay warm!