Sunday, May 20, 2018
Thursday, May 10, 2018
A set of weathered stairs.
Three small stained glass windows in the back of the church. They are embedded in a gray concrete wall.
One of the lakes at sunset.
Thursday, April 26, 2018
In about 12 hours I will give this homily at the monthly memorial Mass for those who died the previous month at St. Patrick Manor, a 325 bed nursing home run by the Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm. It is always a difficult task. Many recently bereaved family members are in attendance. I'm not scheduled for Mass on Sunday. After the past week of massive amounts of travel I will appreciate the time off.
Photos were taken halfway up Mt. Equinox in Arlington, VT. Still winter up there. The background for the first and third shots is ice on Lake Madeleine. I suspect it is all gone as a result of the warm temps on Monday and a lot of rain over the next two days; including during the drive home.
Monday, April 23, 2018
Sunday, April 8, 2018
Some photos from Holy Week at the Abbey. Was staying in a different house than usual along with another priest. Great house with many photographic opportunities. Built sometime in the 1800s but I don't know when. This is the kind of setting made for black and white conversion. One of the great things with digital photography is the ability to shoot in color and convert into black and white. As I shoot almost exclusively in RAW, resulting in very large files and no loss of data, all the photos are in color. However, upon clicking the black and white option in processing and then playing with light, shadow, and filters, the results are very good. I love black and white photography and looking and black and white photos. Without the distraction of color one can focus on other characteristics such as the interplay of light and shadow, shape, texture, and other attributes of the photo. Another advantage is that in certain conditions, and this house had them, it is easier to work with black and white than color. Any manipulations to the color versions results in some unnatural looks to the furniture. The various lighting sources play a major role.
The time at the Abbey was deeply consoling though also physically exhausting. I celebrated Palm Sunday and the Triduum, and concelebrated the other Masses. The traffic home was not too bad but was getting very heavy. Having given up alcohol for Lent I drove directly to the Jesuit residence, grabbed a sandwich and two beers. I needed nothing more for the afternoon.
The main room of the house. The floors are wide-plank. There is a fireplace. As I don't do fires on the hearth it stayed cold and I wore an extra sweatshirt of two.
Shot this through the music stand of the piano.
Who of my generation could look at the guts of a piano and not be reminded of the classic Tom and Jerry cartoon featuring Liszt's Hungarian Rhapsody #2?
A very comfortable chair for morning and evening meditation.
The interplay of light, shadow, shape and texture drew me to this. It is also the kind of photo that a non-photographer companion might find inexplicable as in "Why in the hell are you taking a dozen pictures of THAT?"
Two studies of light. The first is the paschal candle, all fifteen pounds of it, in the sacristy at the church awaiting the blessing and lighting at the Saturday vigil. The second is three sources of light in the house: the small clip-on halogen nightlight seen only in its light, the candle and the kerosene lamp.
The sheer curtains in my bathroom. It had a free-standing claw-foot tub. I've seen people go nuts over claw-foot tubs, screeching how badly one is needed for the master bath. Don't. Getting out of them when wet and the bottom is soapy is not easy.
Outdoors by the car and pond. Looking straight up. Am still trying to learn the new camera, particularly metering. It is coming along. Took multiple shots of this in an attempt to see what worked best.
Have a Blessed Easter Season.
+Fr. Jack, SJ, MD