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Nine minutes.  That’s all the time I had to walk through the Church of the Convenant before the doors would be closed for the day.  Located in Boston’s Back Bay on Newbury Street, the church is famed for its interior design work and stained glass windows by Tiffany Glass and Decorating Company.  The opportunity to photograph just a bit of this interior arose the same wonderfully rainy day I had my photographic adventures in the Boston Public Library.

You can read more about Church of the Convenant’s architecture and artwork via this link.

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Following are pictures taken of the John Singer Sargent murals located on the top floor of the McKim Building at the Boston Public Library.  You can read more about the murals creation and restoration here and here.

 

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The Abbey Room is located on the second floor of the McKim Building in the Boston Public Library in Copley Square.  Its high walls are covered by a series of mural paintings depicting The Quest for the Holy Grail.  A lovely place to hang out on a rainy day in Boston.

Painted by Edwin Austin Abbey.

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Reading Emily Toth’s The Public Library Was My Bookstore just reinforced for me that there is no greater public institution than the public library.  As a child in Lynchburg, Virgnia, the public library was one of the few places my mother would allow my younger brother and I to walk by ourselves.  When we were older, and our young niece and nephew would visit for the summer, we would literally carry them piggyback to the library to keep them entertained.  My nephew who is now 30 with a child of his own still remembers those rides.  Once I moved to the Boston area, one of my homes away from home quickly became the Boston Public Library.

If you are ever in Boston, please visit the main branch located on Boylston Street in Copley Square.  It was the country’s first public library and remains one of its most important.  It is an expansive structure that has evolved over time.  In the “old part” you will find some of the most beautiful and unique art of John Singer Sargent.  In the “new part” you will find the books and there amidst the shelves and sitting at the tables you will find the mix of Boston’s humanity – young mothers with children, high school students studying (kind of), college students researching, business people escaping the office for a bit, the homeless resting, people learning English with tutors, tourists snapping photos (without flash), and everything and everyone in between.  It is an experience.

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The Stare Down … Stone Lion-Style

 

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In the lobby of the Boston Public Library, you’ll currently find an exhibit of vintage postcards.  As I walked through the exhibit, I was reminded of how much I love sending postcards.  Plus I’ve been told a number of times this month how important postcards can be in sharing ones work.  So!  That’s all the impetus I need to produce some postcards of my work and send them out into the world.  If you would like to receive a postcard with my nature-themed images, or have a postcard sent to family, friends or colleagues, just send me a note with name and address to:  photographybycynthia[at]gmail.com. There’s no charge and addresses will not be shared.  A limited time offer through April 30, 2011.

To view my photos: http://photosbycynthia.smugmug.com/Nature

Read more about the postcard exhibit at BPL here.

Have a good day!

 

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With the winter winds whipping through Boston, I have been trying to remind myself of all the beauty to be found inside.  There are few places in the city as beautiful as the main branch of the Boston Public Library (BPL).   It is a mammoth structure located in the heart of Copley Square in the area known as the Back Bay.  For the books alone, of course, it is well worth a visit.  But, the BPL is also an architectural and artistic masterpiece.  You can learn more on the BPL website, as well as a view this nice summary about the library murals on a website dedicated to John Singer Sargent.  Below are a few pics I snapped recently.

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