Week 39 – Grab and Go

This week’s images were all made on the move. The cover image and a second one of a leaf are from my morning walk one day this week. The image of glass and reflections is a building on the Aquinas College campus. I quick took it Saturday afternoon on my way home from an errand. The rephotography pair of images are of Sherman Street Christian Reformed Church. That took a bit of planning. I saw the image at work, in the archives at Calvin University, and swung by over the weekend when on an errand.

I’ve noticed the building at Aquinas College before–Albertus Magnus Hall. It’s on Robinson Road. But it struck me enough on Saturday afternoon that I stopped to see if I could make an interesting image. There was a tree in the way, alas, so I could not quite get the image I wanted. So I did this instead.

What struck me as I was driving by was the organic shapes of the reflections against the modern angularity of the architecture.

The second set of images is from a morning walk. The leaves were wet not from the rain, but an automated sprinkler system. I liked the contrast between the asphalt and the leaves. I under-exposed the image a bit in Lightroom and played with contrast, saturation, and hue/tone.

Finally, I rephotographed Sherman Street Christian Reformed Church. The church was organized in 1907 as an English language daughter congregation of Eastern Avenue CRC. That was a common strategy to deal with the challenges of language, as immigrant generations still wanted and needed Dutch-language services, but second and third generation Dutch Americans, especially youth, often wanted English language. Churches did not want youth leaving the church or straying to other denominations such as the Reformed Church in America. So they accommodated them with one English service a Sunday or by organizing new congregations, where numbers and demand made it possible.

The original image is from about 1908. You can see that in the past century the church has added to the building on both sides. Look for a bit of beige/light brown through the leaves on the left. The addition on the right is obvious. The house on the left is gone, replaced by a parking lot. I wonder if that house was the parsonage?

I did not go with the exact same framing, as that would have cut off part of the addition the right. The warm sunlight called for a color image; so I went with that rather than continue with the black and white in the original.

As for the congregation, Sherman Street grew fast, with 280 families (1,400 members) by the 1920s. The church decided to stay in the neighborhood in the decades after World War II, even as more and more congregants moved out to the suburbs and transferred to other congregations and the neighborhood became primarily African-American. The church has continued to affirm that decision.

Be safe, everyone.

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