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A Space for Faith: The Colonial Meetinghouses of New England

Paul Wainwright

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ISBN 10: 0981789854 / ISBN 13: 9780981789859
Published by Peter Randall Pub, Portsmouth, New Hampshire, U.S.A., 2010
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Title: A Space for Faith: The Colonial ...

Publisher: Peter Randall Pub, Portsmouth, New Hampshire, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 2010

Binding: Hardcover

Illustrator: Photos

Book Condition:As New

Dust Jacket Condition: As New

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When built in the 1700s, meetinghouses were the center of both religious and civic life - concepts not at all separate in colonial New England. Working with four-by-five-inch sheet film and a wooden field camera, photographer Paul Wainwright has collected a wealth of images of New England’s surviving colonial meetinghouses that go beyond mere documentation of what these buildings look like - they explore the feeling of “presence” that exists in them. Employing only natural light, the photographer has captured his sense of intimate wonder that he gets whenever he enters one of these structures. These meetinghouses not only present a fascinating glimpse into our nation’s colonial history, but are beautiful as well. An accompanying essay by noted colonial historian Peter Benes elaborates on the communities that built and used these meetinghouses, and traces a narrative rich in the history and architecture of New England.77 duotone images with historical essay

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Paul Wainwright is a photographer based in Atkinson, New Hampshire, who works in a traditional manner utilizing sheet film, a large-format camera, and silver gelatin printing. His work has appeared in numerous juried competitions and solo exhibitions, and is included in the permanent collections of both private and corporate collectors, including Fidelity Investments and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. He is a mostly self-taught photographer who brings to his images an eye for space and light, subtle details, and an appreciation of history. Working with traditional photographic media such as 4x5 sheet film and silver gelatin paper processed in a wet darkroom, he achieves in his prints a sense of quiet contemplation that comes from the slow, Zen-like pace of creating his images.

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