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Can You Hear Them? by Lois  Bryan

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Featured in All That’s Archaeology December 29, 2011.
Featured in Christian Churches, Statues and Crosses October 19, 2011.
Featured in Art Universe October 16, 2011.
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Featured in Artists Universe September 17, 2011.
Featured in Visual Texture September 15, 2011.
Featured in Image Writing September 14, 2011.
Featured in High Quality Images September 14, 2011.

St. John’s Church, Harper’s Ferry, West Virginia

“The Civil War had a profound and disastrous effect on Harpers Ferry, leaving a path of destruction that wrecked the town’s economy and forced many residents to depart forever. Because of the town’s strategic location on the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad at the northern end of the Shenandoah Valley, Union and Confederate troops moved through Harpers Ferry frequently. The town changed hands eight times between 1861 and 1865.”

“St. John’s Episcopal Church, which was built in 1852, was used as a barracks and a hospital during this time. It sustained heavy damage. It was rebuilt, but later abandoned when a new Episcopal Church opened in 1895.” yculture/stories.htm

Don’t let the scanty information available online fool you. This amazing structure, or what’s left of it, still breathes compelling auras of the ominous yet irresistible spirit that it must have held during the tragic years of the Civil War. As a child, my family and I visited Harpers Ferry often. This wonderful old ruin in particular fascinated me, and I can remember playing there among the fallen, autumn leaves … listening intently for the voices of those long gone.

Image taken with the Nikon D300 and the 18-200mm vr Nikon lens September 11, 2010. Aperture f/8.0, shutter 1/200, exposure 0.00, iso 640. Adjustments in Photoshop CS4, Capture NX2, Adobe Camera Raw. My thanks to Skeletal Mess (Jerry Jones), and Lenabem for the textures.

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  • Carolyn Staut
    Carolyn Stautover 3 years ago

    An exquisite piece Lois. You do justice to the memory and dignity of all fallen there. Your textures are marvelous and lends a vintage air to the beautiful composition.

  • Carolyn, thank you … I have to admit I feel a little guilty … this particular image was quite beautiful right out of the camera, I had the perfect light, lol!!!! But I couldn’t help jizzing it up a bit with the mood and atmosphere I’ve always felt there. I’m so glad you liked it, honey!!!!!

    – Lois Bryan

  • kalaryder
    kalaryderover 3 years ago

    Beautifully presented, this is just lovely

  • Kala, thank you so much, sweetie!!

    – Lois Bryan

  • Hans Kawitzki
    Hans Kawitzkiover 3 years ago

    Yes I can,loud and clear …….:)
    Wonderful treatment as always from you Lois

  • Hans, thank you … it’s such an amazing place. Here in the US, at least in the Washington metro area, there aren’t very many ruins, so when we’d visit here my little-girl imagination just took off. Glad you enjoyed my interpretation!!!!!!

    – Lois Bryan

  • Carolyn Staut
    Carolyn Stautover 3 years ago

    I know what you mean……….I think it is called artistic license!

  • yes that’s it!!!!!!

    – Lois Bryan

  • Bunny Clarke
    Bunny Clarkeover 3 years ago

    Gorgeous and haunting piece. Well done.

  • Bunny, thank you … it is a haunting place … the whole little town … I love it!!

    – Lois Bryan

  • Joanne  Bradley
    Joanne Bradleyover 3 years ago

    This is just a beautiful old ruin! I love your pov from down low, the great illumination and the Lois Bryan textured processing! Thedescription was really interesting and such a pivotal era in American history!

  • Joanne, thank you so much, sweetheart!!! If you’ve ever been there, the city is built on a steep hill and getting up to this spot, you’d better be wearing comfy shoes with good grippy soles!!!! Glad you enjoyed the description, too, sweetie!!! Thank you!!

    – Lois Bryan

  • Andrew Paranavitana
    Andrew Paranav...over 3 years ago

    Wow, what a stunning piece!! Love your tones and light here.. did I say WOW already?? :)

  • Andrew!!! You are so adorable!!! Thank you!!!!!

    – Lois Bryan

  • Debbie Robbins
    Debbie Robbinsover 3 years ago

    Such awesome work Lois… and i love the Info gf… :)))) xxxx

  • Hiiii Cookie!!!!! Thank you, darling!!!!!!!!!!

    – Lois Bryan

  • naturelover
    natureloverover 3 years ago

    Brilliant work Lois, great atmosphere!!

  • Hi Pauline, thank you so much, sweetie!!!!

    – Lois Bryan

  • yampy
    yampyover 3 years ago

    Superb capture

    and the processing is fantastic ;)

  • thank you … so happy you enjoyed this one!!!

    – Lois Bryan

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