Happy Accident

Trinity Church Tiffany Glass Window


In keeping with the theme of this photo, I have a confession to make.  In the three years I’ve worked at the Burlington Free Press I have never missed an assignment.  Yesterday I did.  Oops.  However, I’m glad I missed the original assignment time because when I showed up later that morning I was treated to a pleasant surprise.

After checking all the locked doors of the Trinity Episcopal Church in Shelburne, Vt. I was happy to find a man quietly unlocking the office. Turned out this man was the church organist.  Perfect.  I was assigned to photograph the Louis Tiffany stained glass windows, and they were striking, but it was the combination of things that impressed me.  Not only did I enter one of the most beautiful sanctuaries I’ve seen, I was fortunate enough to have a private musical performance courtesy of the organist as the soundtrack to my picture taking.  Not bad.  Without a single person to muffle the tones, the organ resonated through the chapel.  This music was so loud, so dramatic it reached the core.  I’m not a church-going or spiritual person, but I appreciate and love music.  One of the first instruments I remember playing was my Nana’s organ.  Granted I couldn’t reach the pedals and struggled transposing my basic understanding of standard piano sheet to a dual set of keys, but the shaky vibrato that comes from the strike of an organ’s key cannot be matched.  So, because of that I can absolutely understand the joy that comes by standing in such a fantastic space with such moving music.

Not a bad way to start the day, even if I was running late.

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  • Kathleen

    That is very beautiful Emily. :)