Zeca Bettax, 16 March 2011


Like the Manhattan Liquors store I’ve previously photographed a few times, the church in the photo below is close to my apartment (about two blocks away, in fact), so when I’m playing around with some of my older film cameras, I sometimes find it useful to shoot what’s easily accessible…hence, the photo below!

ZecaBettax CHI StMaryOfTheLake01B

Photo Information:

Location: Chicago, Illinois; Uptown Neighborhood
Camera: Zeca Bettax
Lens: Schneider-Kreuznach 105mm f/4.5 Radionar
Film: Fuji Neopan Acros 100 (120)

The church, of course, is St. Mary of the Lake Catholic Church, at the northwest corner of Sheridan and Buena; the church was completed in 1917 and designed by Henry J. Schlacks. The church itself clearly shows Romanesque and Renaissance influences, and the front facade (as seen here – incidentally, it also “correctly” faces east) is apparently partially based upon the front facade of one of the seven Pilgrimage Churches of Rome, San Paolo fuori le Mura (St. Paul Outside the Walls). Having actually visited the latter several years ago, I can attest to this similarity.

Quite impressive-looking for the local neighborhood church, isn’t it?



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