Nikon FM-2, 25 November 2011


Oh yes, I still have a few more photos to share from my Nikon.

FM2 CHI TMax100 MadonnaDellaStrada01B

FM2 CHI TMax100 MadonnaDellaStrada02B

FM2 CHI TMax100 MadonnaDellaStrada03B

FM2 CHI TMax100 MadonnaDellaStrada04B

FM2 CHI TMax100 MadonnaDellaStrada05B

Photo Information:

Location: Chicago, Illinois; Rogers Park Neighborhood
Camera: Nikon FM-2
Lens: Nikon Nikkor 28mm f/2.8 (Photos 1, 2, & 3); 80-200mm f/4 (Photos 4 & 5)
Film: Kodak TMax 100 (135)

All five of these photos are of the Madonna Della Strada Chapel (completed in 1939 and designed by Andrew N. Rebori) at the Lake Shore Campus of Loyola University Chicago, which is located in the Rogers Park Neighborhood. The Chapel is an excellent example of what happens when you give a church design commission to an Art Deco designer. Photo 1 shows the west façade (with the bell tower on the north façade), while Photo 2 shows the view from the base of the bell tower looking up. Photos 3, 4, & 5 show the east façade, which is (literally) steps from the shore of Lake Michigan; Photos 4 & 5 are close-up views of two of the four panels depicting the symbols of the four Evangelists. [1] I also appreciate the fact that the church features a number of Latin inscriptions [2][3][4] – having studied classical Latin in high school, I always like seeing it, and older Catholic churches provide excellent sources of such inscriptions.


[1]: Saints Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, in case you’re not familiar with the term (hey, I was raised as a Roman Catholic, so I remember all sorts of sundry information about the faith, even if I’m not active these days).

[2]: The inscription visible in Photo 2, Ad Maiorem Dei Gloriam, translates to, “To the Greater Glory of God;” this is the motto of the Society of Jesus (better known as the Jesuit order).

[3]: The lower inscription in Photo 3 is a complete Latin translation of the prayer, Hail Mary; the inscription surrounding the circular opening in the upper portion of the façade, Madonna Della Strada Univ. Loyolaea Chicagiensis, loosely translates to, “Our Lady of the Way, Loyola University Chicago.” The name, Madonna Della Strada, is a tribute to an image of the Virgin Mary that is enshrined in the mother church of the Jesuit order, Chiesa del Santissimo Nome di Gesu; for those of y’all who aren’t familiar with the Jesuits, their founder was St. Ignatius of Loyola – hence, the name of the University.

[4]: The two symbols shown in these two photos are that of Saint Mark the Evangelist (rendered as Marcus in Latin) and Saint John the Evangelist (rendered as Joannus in Latin – also sometimes spelled Johannus); the symbol of Saint Mark is a winged lion, while that of Saint John is an eagle (rather stylized as seen in Photo 5). Note also that “saint” is rendered as “sanct” from the Latin “sanctus,” meaning “holy.”


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