Tuesday, January 22, 2013

The Church of the Good Shepherd



The Church of the Good Shepherd is an Episcopal church in Hartford with a predominantly Hispanic congregation.  It was founded and funded by Elizabeth Hart Jarvis Colt, the wife of gun manufacturer Samuel Colt, as a memorial to her husband.  This photograph was taken in mid-September. 

I chose a wide angle shot to emphasize the spire, the lawn and the sky.  If I just look at the church and the lawn -- and ignore the in-city location and the public housing projects behind it -- it looks vaguely like Constable's painting of Salisbury Cathedral to me.

21 comments:

Andy said...

Beautiful photo. It must be quite the sight to see in person.

EG CameraGirl said...

Majestic!

Kate said...

You're right; right comparison. Lovely looking church. Colt, huh! Seems a bit odd to me, but that's just a gut reaction.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Very similar.. Love the 'zoom in over the lawns' view of the church Jack.

Cezar and Léia said...

Brilliant article, this Church is beautiful, I love the picture with the wonderful green field, a great composition!
hugs
Léia

Halcyon said...

I love your shot Jack! That expansive sky and manicured green lawn really set this church off.

PS: This week is more on the stressy side than the fulfilling side. The new job is proving quite a challenge!

Sharon said...

Oh it really does! A very nice comparison.

Dave-CostaRicaDailyPhoto.com said...

Great juxtaposition of your photo and the painting.

i try to photograph the same scenes of some of the paintings that we have purchased on our travels.

Sylvia K said...

Terrific capture, Jack, and a great comparison indeed! Hope your week is going well! Enjoy!!

LOLfromPasa said...

It does! Beautiful place and nice to see all that green grass too.

VP said...

I was really thinking at that painting, but your picture is really gorgeous... bravo!

SRQ said...

Quite a resemblance, indeed. The wide shot with the blue sky and green grass is terrific. I love how it looks as the steeple is piercing the cloud.

RedPat said...

Very much so, Jack! It's so nice to see all the green - for those of us stuck up north for the winter.

JM said...

Now, that's a spire! What a bautiful building. And it really resembles the Salisbury Cathedral.

Isn't it a bit ironic that the church was founded by the wife of a gun manufacturer? :-)

cieldequimper said...

Hmmm JM stole my comment... :-) I suppose there is a resemblance, isn't Constable just such an absolute master? You aren't half bad either at photography.

Oh and about the itinerant craftsmen, if you want some info: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Compagnons_du_Tour_de_France

Karl Demetz said...

Two wonderful photos of an interesting and unique Church!

Randy said...

Absolutely amazing.

Bob Crowe said...

What really gets my attention is the radiating lines of the lawn. It works so well with the tower and clouds, making a soft starburst.

Linda said...

I love the lines of the lawn too! And I agree that it is reminiscent of the Constable painting.

William Kendall said...

It is a beautiful church!

Tash said...

Beautiful photo of a beautiful church. Love the pattern on the roof too.
The style reminds me a bit of the Episcopal church in Rye NY. http://palosverdesdailyphoto.blogspot.com/2009/08/christs-church-in-rye-new-york.html?m=0
And you are spot on about the similarity to the Salisbury Cath. painting! And that's one of my favorite cathedrals! It seems I never posted any pics of it. I will have to go back and remedy that quickly!