Photographs by Frank

8 January 2019

Images – Williamstown, MA

Filed under: architecture,Landscapes,Uncategorized — Frank @ 6:27 PM

Last Sunday morning (6 Jan 2019), we left the house shortly after seven in the morning and headed for Williamstown, MA; about a two hour drive. Joan was to attend a ukulele workshop organized by our friend, singer-songwriter, Bernice Lewis. I went along to see what I could find to photograph (I was not disappointed) and to attend the afternoon concert associated with the workshop. We also had an enjoyable visit and dinner with Jeff and Robin, friends from our Grand Canyon raft trip before heading home in the evening.

Williamstown is located in the most extreme northwest corner of Massachusetts (it abuts both New York and Vermont) and is the home of Williams College. Having spent a career in academia, I have visited more than my fair share of college towns. Walking around the campus/town for a few hours, I was struck by the complete merger of town and gown. To this casual observer the line between college and town here is virtually nonexistent. I spent about three hours wandering about the campus on a gray Sunday morning and found much to photograph.

The last photograph of this series is of a sculpture “Double L Eccentric Gyratory II” by George Rickey. The morning was quite calm and I did not notice any movement as I approached the piece and raised my camera to my eye. As I began to photograph the sculpture, I had one of those strange moments that sometimes occur as one goes about life. While I concentrated on the angles, the background and the edges of the frame a very slight breeze arose causing the sculpture began to move very slowly and subtly. It took my brain quite a few seconds to realize that this was a kinetic sculpture and that my mind was not out of whack!!

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Images - Williamstown, MA
Images - Williamstown, MA
Clock Tower
Clock Tower
Stonework (detail)
Stonework (detail)
Stone Church
Stone Church
Cupola #1
Cupola #1
Cupola #2
Cupola #2
Chimneys & Dormers
Chimneys & Dormers
UU Church
UU Church
UU Church (detail)
UU Church (detail)
Cupola #3
Cupola #3
Walkway
Walkway
Theater/Dance Center
Theater/Dance Center
"Double L"

2 Comments

  1. Another varied compilation of images here, Frank. Liked the churches especially. another steeple to add to your collection.

    You certainly took advantage of the circumstances. Something for all of the senses – the concert, the meal, and the imagery!

    Comment by Joe Kennedy — 9 January 2019 @ 4:24 PM

  2. Hi Frank, Decided to check in and see what photographic (and otherwise) adventures you have been up to in the New Year. Really like your Williamstown photos. especially like the chimneys and dormers-love the way the roof line of the ‘blocky’ composition of the building bisects the photo. Your crooked steeples always disturb me–one legitimate response to art I guess–like a melody that doesn’t resolve as expected but leaves you with the hoped for note jangling in ones head 🙂 The chimney in Cupola #3 is the focal point for me in that photo–instead of seeing the clouds as clouds, I see smoke coming out of the chimney and filling the sky. I LOVE theatre/dance center…the solid stone against the wispy sky, the diagonal lines creating movement. I really love this one. sally

    Comment by sally boswell — 21 January 2019 @ 4:29 PM

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