Zeca Bettax, 07 June 2011


Hey look…more photos! Actually, I’m now coming to the end of my current batch of Bettax photos…but that’s only because I’m now behind on processing the film I’ve recently exposed. I’m actually impressed I got as far as I have with this batch of film and chemicals…I’m just now exhausting the supply I bought at the beginning of the year – I got some money from my folks at Christmas, so this is how I decided to spend it…yeah, I know. Boring, right? Well, not to me!

ZecaBettax CHI Acros100 OurLadyOfLourdes01B

ZecaBettax CHI Acros100 OurLadyOfLourdes02B

ZecaBettax CHI Acros100 StClement01B

ZecaBettax CHI Acros100 StClement02B

ZecaBettax CHI Acros100 StClement03B

Photo Information:

Camera: Zeca Bettax
Lens: Schneider-Kreuznach 105mm f/4.5 Radionar
Film: Fuji Neopan Acros 100 (120)

Photos 1 & 2:
Location: Chicago, Illinois; Ravenswood Neighborhood

The subject of these two photos is Our Lady of Lourdes Church at the southwest corner of Ashland and Leland. The current church sanctuary (as seen in the photos) was built in 1916 in the Spanish Revival style; the AIA Guide to Chicago has no information regarding the church, so I don’t know the name of the architect. Check out the church’s website for a little more history of the church (though the page is mostly about the parish history, and not so much about the building itself). Though the front façade photo only shows 2/3rds of the façade, as with most Spanish Revival churches, there is a twin bell tower on the other end of the façade that mirrors the one you can see.

Photos 3, 4, & 5:
Location: Chicago, Illinois; Lincoln Park Neighborhood

The subject of these three photos is St. Clement Roman Catholic Church in the Lincoln Park Neighborhood; the church was completed in 1918 and designed by Barnett, Haynes, & Barnett. Most of the exterior appears to be a fairly restrained interpretation of Romanesque blended with some Gothic elements (most prominently, the rose windows), but the dome is clearly modeled after Byzantine sources, in this case, the Hagia Sophia church in Istanbul (originally Constantinople, when the church was built, and before it was converted to a mosque). Of course, those who are more familiar with the Islamic history of the Hagia Sophia may recognize the dome from other prominent mosques – the Hagia Sophia, being one of the largest surviving monuments from antiquity became a source of inspiration for later designes in both the Islamic and European realms. Presumably, this dome, being considerably smaller than the original, will not be prone to suffering the same structural problems the latter endured (though the fact that Chicago rarely experiences earthquakes may help, too; the Hagia Sophia was damaged a number of times by earthquakes). While the outside is quite restrained, with a minimal color palette, the interior is apparently quite spectacularly decorated with mosaics and polychrome stone panels and details; I didn’t go inside when I shot these photos because there was a wedding ceremony taking place inside, and apart from not being on the guest list, I wasn’t dressed for the occasion, anyways.



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