Boston Proper on A Gloomy Sunday


It’s cold in Boston mid-winter, sometimes it’s easier just to sit home and work on photos instead of going out and making new ones. But not today. Cold, rain and snow are in the forecast and yet I am out enjoying the City of Boston with my new friends from The Arcanum. Today I’m in for a surprise meeting with Arcanum Master A.D. Wheeler, who has been leading a group of apprentices who are united in the single mission; To take awesome photos and enjoy each other’s company in the process.

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Always Look Up

Consider it a rule when you have a camera in your hands. Sometimes the most interesting stuff is over your head. In this case a handful of saints and the big guy himself looking down. That’s what you see when you look up at the top of the staircase inside the Boston Public Library. Yes, people read books here too, but that’s not what we came for. We are here simply to look… and see.

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But wait, I am getting ahead of myself, we didn’t start here at the library, we met up the Mary Baker Eddy Library earlier that morning. It’s a very cool place, even for a library, seems we are spending a lot of time in libraries today!

Inside The World

Mapparium at The Mary Baker Eddy Library

Mapparium at The Mary Baker Eddy Library

Not many people know about this hidden gem at the Mary Baker Eddy Library, it’s an actual room that is made from hand-blown crystal, showing the entire world. Yes, the map is a little outdated, but it’s overwhelmingly beautiful and was a fun stop through the building. I highly recommend it. Not a very good picture, but just a snapshot to show you what it’s like inside the world.

Next Stop; Pho Basil, Thai Joy

Nothing refreshes like a wonderful lunch with friends and Pad Thai. Now it was time to go, and we walked down Mass Ave in sleet and drizzle to see what we could find. The weather was not cooperating but still we enjoyed our time hanging out. Next stop…. Copley Square.

A Boston Gem: The Trinity Church

Trinity Church

The most famous place in Copley Square is The Trinity Church. Built in 1877, architected by Henry Hobson Richardson. It was renovated in 2004 and during the renovation, a time capsule was secretly placed behind a masonite panel above the rectory.  On the back of it was a multi-page letter written by the 1950’s restoration team, and some of the team were direct descendants of HH Richardson.

The emotional letter closed with “we are living with a most interesting time in history…” The letter was returned inside the wall, and a new letter from the current restoration team was added and re-hidden behind those panels for the next major restoration team to find again someday.

Just as we left the church, the snowfall had quickened, and the weather was taking a major turn for the worse. It was time to go home. For me, it was a day I would never have thought of as a day to go exploring with my camera, but I was so wrong, it was a great day to be out with friends, visiting wonderful places and having a great time.

My Camera Bag:

All of my photographs are now shot with the Amazing Sony A7rII and two lenses: The Sony/Zeiss FE 16-35mm and the Sony/Zeiss FE 24-240 mm. They are solid metal, no plastic. Yes, they are heavier than Canon lenses, but optically they are stunning.  The Sony A7r series can accept other lenses of any make just by mating it with a small adapter, and I use other lenses from time to time. But when I travel and have to carry my system with my into the field, I use just those two lenses, and I have everything I need to explore the world around me.

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