One of hundreds of faces carved in stone.
Unitarian Memorial Church – Fairhaven, Massachusetts
The first big snowstorm of the year happened to fall on the solstice. I’ve wanted to photograph this church in the winter for a while but never caught the right conditions until today.
A few of the many Saints who guard the copper doors of the Unitarian Church in Fairhaven, Massachusetts.
Inspired by Moby Dick, which was written and based in this city. The photos are all from the downtown are, where the history of whaling still lingers today. The statue of the whale’s tail is located at the New Bedford Whaling Museum, which is part of the Whaling National Historical Park. The statues of the harpooneer and smith are located in the center of the park at a federal building. The Seamen’s Bethel was the church of the whalers, and later went on to become the church of the fishermen and sailors. This was the church that Melville wrote about in Moby Dick, and it is still used to date.
One of many saints that adorn this church, though I am not sure which. There are also hundreds of angelic faces that were made in the likeness of children who lived in town when the church was built.
The photo above was not exactly what I was looking for, it was a bit of an accident. The “UFOs” were caused by the reflection of sodium lights just below the three peaks at the bottom of the photo. I was mainly trying to get a decent shot of the steeple with the crescent moon in the background, but as luck would have it, this one wound up coming out the best exposure and clarity-wise…so here it is.