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A Change of Pace - Let's Visit New England

Posted by
Monterey John (Hollister, CA, United States) on 8 August 2010 in Architecture and Portfolio.

This one is for Ladybug.

This is the 1st Congregational Church of Litchfield, CT. It was built about 1820. It replaced an earlier church which burned. The church was organized in the 1720s.

It radiates Puritan simpicity. No crosses, stained glass (but for one tucked away in the back of the church and out of the sanctuary). or decorations of any kind are to be found. The architecture, the word and music are all there is and all they desire. The bible in the pulpit is open to the Psalms. I thought I heard the voice of Oliver Cromwell, but that was likely just my imagination ... right?

It is reputedly the most photographed church in New England. If so, I can see why. It is lovely, and unlike many such New England churches, it can be photographed to advantage without a lot of other buildings, powerlines etc to obstruct the view.

I had the opportunity to shoot some nice interiors of this church, and I will post a few of them over the next few days.

Canon EOS 40D 1/200 second F/10.0 ISO 100 24 mm

The new web site is live.

Joan Felix from Jakarta, Indonesia

Nice, very nice

8 Aug 2010 5:06am

Judy aka Ladybug from Brooksville, Florida, United States

Thank you so much, John ... and for the ones you sent me also! The simplicity speaks to me, as does the Word and the music.
This is so like the church I grew up in, in Milford, CT. If you check the site and go to their music ministry page, I had the dubious honor of making 150 of those white choir collars back in the 80's and they're still using them. :D

8 Aug 2010 6:35am

Tamara from Aarschot, Belgium

A very beautiful photo ! Nicely framed and with great contrasts. It's always interesting to see how different churches are all over the world. I'm not amazed it's the most photographed in New England... Nice !
Have a great sunday John :)

8 Aug 2010 8:29am

Viewfinder from Bradenton, FL, United States

Soli Deo Gloria, John. Your photo, this church, and Ladybug -- all for God's glory alone.

8 Aug 2010 12:33pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

Classic! Very nice capture.

8 Aug 2010 12:52pm

Susan from Pompano Beach, by Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States

Presented beautifully....

8 Aug 2010 2:02pm

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

Hi John - I believe I has seen this church (from the outside) as well while viviting relatives in Mystic area (MANY years ago) and fist this is a great capture here eith a unique lean to give it a realaly cool perspective -I really like this John. Second, may I "second" your comment about power lines etc etc...I love many things about the east but I have to say it drives me nuts all the power lines etc...after living here for three years I am still not used to it - I'll be driving along and see a great item to capture and many times I'll take the shot before I realize there was a &*$#@ Power pole or telephone line...oh well, such is life! Hope you settle in well.

8 Aug 2010 3:38pm

LauraS from Chico, United States

Great share for a Sunday, John. Actually, I'm looking forward to the interior shots, too. Beautiful church!

8 Aug 2010 4:33pm

Wild Mustang Photography from Carlisle, United States

Beautiful shot! Love the color and composition! These are beautiful monuments that represent New England!

9 Aug 2010 2:17am

Stephen Phillips from San Francisco, United States

Be it ever so humble - show us your home! San Francisco just officially finished the coolest July in history.

9 Aug 2010 4:56am

Canon EOS 40D
1/200 second
ISO 100
24 mm