It was a delightful coincidence that my work trip to Boston could be arranged to allow me to participate in a group photo walk through the lovely Beacon Hill neighborhood. If I am being honest, places like Beacon Hill aren’t my favorite locations; it is much tidier and well-kept than the places I like to shoot. Plus the class required the use of a 50mm lens, and it is not a lens I automatically use.
Challenges are good, though. They make your brain work in different ways, make your eyes seek different subjects. Those are always excellent exercises for photographers and I am very happy that I was able to take the class.
And that’s the long way of explaining that this street seems to be the most famous street in all of Boston, and so I sort of had to photograph it.
It was a lovely afternoon to wander the North End, and I was lucky enough to have my friend Don there to show me the coolest things. Like this tiny corner market were the proprietors were selling flowers and a few vegetables. I like to think I am proficient at exploring new places by myself, but one thing I learned that day is that having an expert along is a big help, if he or she knows where the wicked cool stuff is located!
I could see this place from my hotel window and after days and days of gazing down on it, I walked over for a closer look. The whole area – several buildings, a park, and a large reflecting pool – used to make up the headquarters of the Church of Christ, Scientist. Apparently, the church has lately sold some of the property to Northeastern University and I guess that gave them the cash they needed to renovate the 1894 Mother Church building.
The building on the right was part of a 1970s grand expansion of the church’s facilities. It was designed by famed architect I. M. Pei, and (believe it or not) won a bunch of awards, include the Prestressed Concrete Institute Award (1973), the Design Award of the Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute (1975), and (this one’s my favorite) the 1975 Harleston Parker Award from the Boston Society of Architects for the “most beautiful piece of architecture” built in Greater Boston in the past ten years.
Christian Science Plaza