A Beautiful Place for Worship

Trinity's grand sanctuary can seat 1,250 worshipers. I first came to Trinity Lutheran Church last year, while on assignment for the ELCA and I fell in love with the congregation's beautiful, 178-year-old historic building. I asked for permission to return and photograph the building and a couple of weeks ago I was able to do just that.

Trinity's 181-foot steeple was erected in 1957.

Like a lot of churches recently, the congregation's numbers have shrunk and most Sundays the grand sanctuary is empty while the congregation has service in a smaller chapel on the ground level.

Sunday service is held in Trinity's smaller chapel.

It would be a cliche to point out that buildings aren't made like they used to; but, they really aren't. The stairwell leading up to the choir balcony wouldn't ever have been used by more than a small percentage of the congregation. Still, the trim work around the window, door, and baseboard were given the same attention as in the rest of the building.

Beauty waits to be discovered at every corner.

I really enjoyed the time I spent at Trinity, both the Sunday I was happy to share service with the congregation and the morning I spent in silent reflection photographing the building. I felt that both the people and the spaces welcomed me graciously. I hope that the building can be preserved for many more generations.

The ceiling's massive rosette is in perfect balance with the size of the grand sanctuary.

You can find more images from Trinity on my website.

Making it Through the Winter

Washington's guard, Valley Forge Park It's been hard to get through this winter. It feels like no sooner do we get ourselves dug out from one storm the next one comes in directly behind it.

George Washington surveying the wintery scene at Valley Forge Park

To get my mind off of all the plans that this week's weather is ruining, I decided to drive out to Valley Forge Park yesterday and have a short walk.

Washington's Headquarters, Valley Forge Park

All in all, there have been worst winters -- It was nice to get some perspective.

 

Always Looking Up

Clock tower ceiling of The Palace of Culture, Warsaw, Poland. Sometimes it's easy to ignore the ceiling. It's always a good idea to look up when sightseeing, there might be a special visual treat the architects want you to notice.

Philadelphia ceiling.

Whether it's a large landmark, store, restaurant, or someone's home, somebody gave that oft ignored ceiling some thought.

Ceiling at a private residence, Poland.

Those small, or large details sometimes make for just as interesting a photograph as the front facade might.

Department store ceiling, The Hague, Neatherlands.