Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Old Church in Rolling Fork

There is nothing I love more than photographing old churches. This one, I could not find a name for it, lies pretty much in the shadow of Mount Helena in Rolling Fork, Miss. It is just about to fall down and has been propped on the inside. It is a beautiful and simple structure, sitting among a new crop of soybeans. Nothing is inside the church save for one pew, a piano and a table.

I don't impress myself too often with my photos, but I think the top photo is one of the best photos I have taken this year. I just love the composition. The sunlight coming through a window is hitting the keyboard just right. And the simplicity of the wooden walls behind it really frame the piano well. This is why I take photos — because I enjoy capturing images that I like! It's an added bonus if you like it, too.

I did some artsy-tartsy Photoshopping on the two middle photos to make them look a little different. The result is very pleasing to me.


  1. The photo of the piano is truly a work of art, Marty ... but then, all of your pictures are. I love the second photo, too, with the weathered old church sitting amongst the bright green soybeans and the light coming through the windows of the church.

  2. Marty,

    I sat down to one of those every Sunday morning and evening for many years, in a church that well may look as worn as that one by now.

    You've captured the look and light and the moment, and for me, a memory that will linger. I can almost hear Rock of Ages fleeting away through the window.

    Thank you.


  3. I took lots of pictures of this as well this spring. My aunt (who has lived in Rollingfork all her life) said it used to be an African American church back in the day. I loved how the back wall was missing and got some great shots looking out.