Today I decided to take a break from my platform work. For those of you new to the blog, I am an aspiring photojournalist. Trying to develop a career is hard work. I am currently looking for work, and building my professional profile online. Which has meant long nights in front of the computer. Today I needed a break.
Shutting the computer down, I grabbed my camera and headed outside. Yesterdays rain had abated, leaving us with a bright, sunny day. The sun beat down, and the crickets sung evenly. Getting into the car, I realized that nothing makes me happier than a full tank of gas and my camera. I am incredibly lucky to live in the center of the Monadnock Region. It is a picturesque region tucked in the southern corner of New Hampshire. It is also a place where History comes alive.
I wanted to get out and capture some tidbits. I would love to capture the entire New England experience, but I wouldn’t do it justice. What I strive to do is to capture the little things. Everyone sees the big wide pictures, but miss the tiny details. Yet it is these tiny things that make up everyday living in a small town.
It was a warm day as I drove around the region. In Antrim I took some great shots of their oldest cemetery. Laid out in 1777, it is a great place to see old stones. It sits off a dirt road, and was quiet even in the heat of the day. The ground was mossy, and rocky in some places. The sun beat down as a weaved through the stones. I walked quietly, contemplating the lives of the people laid to rest. I did the same in the center of Hancock. There is something incredibly beautiful about old cemeteries. The old stones are made from shale and are often inscribed with beautiful messages. They are simple, yet beautiful.
Next came the Meetinghouses. They all follow the same old traditions, but have a unique characteristics. I took photos in Hancock, Francestown and Greenfield. Hancock was built in 1820, Greenfield 1795. Francestowns was built in 1801and remodeled in 1837. Like many local landmarks, these three building are on the National Historic Register. I gazed at the old woodwork, and enjoyed the old horse barns. I looked at the old weather beaten windows too, and studied steeples. With their old clocks, and simple clapboard design, these places represent New England.
I feel incredibly lucky to be close to such places. No matter where you go in these towns you are followed by the history. The Monadnock Region is a great place for historians and others to visit.
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