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Chilly Chapel: 1936

Chilly Chapel: 1936

February 1936. "Church at Lancaster, New Hampshire." Medium-format negative by Arthur Rothstein for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

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Out of a dream

Exactly as I imagine it. Do scenes such as this still exist in New England? I can "hear" the stillness.

Beautiful exposure.

Not sure if it was done by Dave and company but someone knew what they were doing when they made this print. As a long time photographer ( I got started in 1967) I have spent plenty of time in the darkroom. This is what we would shoot for when making a black and white print; nice clean whites and crisp blacks. I spent hours studying and working with the "zone system" developed (no pun intended) by Ansel Adams, trying to achieve the 'perfect print' These days I spend my time in Photoshop trying to perfect my images.

[The LOC file is a scan of the original negative; Dave adjusted it in Photoshop for this version. - tterrace]

Thanks Tterrace.


Btolley, you, like me, may have taken photography classes or the Ansel Adams course long ago and to us, that's exactly what jumps out when seeing this photo. I carried an 8"x10" gray card in my camera bags/cases for years and even used it!

The Three Graces

The three trees to the left of the church are most likely elms, with their characteristic vase shape. Few deciduous trees are so graceful in the winter landscape, particularly when enhanced with new-fallen snow. Dutch Elm Disease has made this species a rare sight today.

Black, white, and everything in between

This may be the most perfectly balanced image I have ever seen. If I ever make a print this good, I am going to show it to everyone I meet.

Do I remember

scenes like this when living on the Saskatchewan prairies at 42 below zero and wondering what it would be like to live in this Christmas time scene, we could only dream.

The Church Stands Alone

Too bad that mega-frame house behind the church is gone.

Love it, fameworthy

Great shot. This would make a wonderful card, or with a frame a hanging picture.

Add a little color...

and you've got the quintessential Christmas card.

Still there

St. Paul's Episcopal Church doesn't look all that different today.


This picture jumped out at me as few have. It's a breathtaking beauty.

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