The malls have been playing Christmas carols since the end of November, heck today I heard a Boxing day commercial on the radio. Yep, it’s that time of year again, Christmas! I had originally planned to get an exterior shot of my home church, but after checking what the exposure should be (metered for 4 minutes), then compensated for reciprocity failure (the more a film is exposed to light, the less sensitive to light it becomes, and tri-x has a terrible reciprocity) and the app spat out 52 minutes. I love photography and tri-x, and all…but standing outside at 8:45pm on the main street inRead More →

Oddly enough one of my other hobbies has managed to avoid this project, that of exploring abandoned buildings. Week 49 I was down in Cincinnati for the fourth annual Very Cincinnati Christmas event. The opening location was the former First German Reformed Church. Built in 1850 in the mainly German-American west-end of the city the church thrived until changes swept across the nation in the 1960s and the congregation sold their beautiful limestone and brick building and a new church worshiped there, the Freeman Avenue United Church lasted from 1970 to 1975 before closing the doors as well. The building, like many abandoned for decadesRead More →

Keeping it nice and simple for this week, a simple white clapboard church along my way too and from work. The Church of Christ in Omagh, Ontario is one of the oldest churches in the area, and has always caught my eye, mostly for it’s simplicity. If you go into the town of Milton proper along the main street are three rather ornate churches including my own home church, but this one made a great subject to shoot right from the hip, yep, sporting the Crown Graphic as it was designed to be shot…handheld. Pacemaker Crown Graphic – Fuji Fujinon-W 1:5.6/125 – Kodak Tri-X PanRead More →

Located well above the tourist trap that is Clifton Hill by Niagara Falls sits a lovely spiritual retreat, named after a rather well known mountain that is in Israel and features prominently in the story of the prophet Elijah, namely the contest he challenges the prophets of Ba’al to in the Book of Kings. I came across the retreat while looking for a spot to park my car as I was planning on a bit of light trespassing at a historic transformer station located just down the road. Also this was the very first sheet of film I shot with my new-to-me Pacemaker Crown Graphic,Read More →

Apologies for the delay in posting this, this past week was ‘Roid Week, so I was focused on getting the daily shots posted. This little white clapboard church sits at the end of a road in the town of Wallacetown, Ontario, south of Dutton, a good 15 minute drive from the 401. St. Peter’s Anglican Church is one of the oldest continually operating church in southwest Ontario, having been in this same building since it’s construction in 1827, only the H.M. Chapel of the Mohawks near Brantford, Ontario is older. I’m not often in this part of the province, and then it’s usually up nearRead More →

Woodward Presbyterian Church, or rather St. Curvy, has a story like many churches that once thrived in the American mid-west. Founded in 1908 with a membership of 163, it was tasked to serve the north part of the city. With the Reverend Sherman L. Divine at the helm, the church began to seek money and land to build their church. The land the church still sits on today was donated by Mrs. Tracy McGregor. The firm of Sidney Rose Badgley & William Nicklas was hired to design the church. Construction began late in 1908, and by the time the cornerstone was laid on the 1stRead More →

From 1999 all the way to 2008 an organization called the Presbyterian Young People’s Society (PYPS) was a big part of my life. PYPS helped me with social skills, leadership, faith, and photography. From 2002 onwards I always had a camera with me at events, all film at first, then mostly digital, and film starting to creep in again at the end. From 2003 onwards I was heavily involved in the leadership of the group as well, and every year we would attend a leadership retreat at Crieff Hills. Crieff is a large area of land donated to the Presbyterian Church in Canada by theRead More →

City Methodist, a grand old church brought low by the slow march of time. Built in 1925 to the tune of one million dollars, most of that being fund-raised by Reverend William Seaman, and US Steel footing some of the bill as well. Constructed in the English Gothic style the sanctuary alone stands nine stories tall and could house 950 people. But the church was more than just the sanctuary. The whole complex had a school, theater for both traditional plays and films. Also had space for store fronts. At its peek there were 3,000 members on the church roll. But when the steel industryRead More →

The Church of the Holy Trinity is one of the more unique churches I have visited, next to the round church on Manitoulin Island. The reason I say this church is unique is because you don’t just walk past it on the street, you really have to seek it out. Also known as Little Trinity Church, the building is tucked rather out of the way in its own little square near the Dundas Street end of Toronto’s Eaton’s Centre. Surrounded by glass skyscrapers and the massive mall, it’s a little piece of the 19th century that’s still making it known in the city. Providing helpRead More →

We don’t want to take your photo We want to give it to you. I was really looking forward to participating in Help-Portrait again, and to make things for 2011 more awesome we were running two events in Milton for the year. There were actually two last year but the groups remained seperate, so to increase the number of volunteers the two groups combined to make one awesome group. The first event was lead by George (who ran last year’s second group), at Milton Bible Church, and what a day it was, we were pretty much go-go-go from seven thirty in the morning until fiveRead More →