52:500c – Week 12 – A House Divided

Welcome back to week 12, the missing week from my part of the project, now thanks to my wonderful fiancée, Heather, and her encouragement I went back and rescanned the film I had just filed away. If you haven’t gone that far back in the project, you’ll remember in Week 13 I mentioned that I had a light leak in my film changing bag which fogged the film. It’s amazing what a few months will do and having Heather’s encouragement I went and rescanned the ‘dead’ roll.

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Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate — we can not consecrate — we can not hallow — this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us — that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion — that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain — that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom — and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

Abraham Lincoln
November 19, 1863

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The Battle of Gettysburg is one for the history books. Fought between the 1st and 3rd of July 1863 was one of the longest and bloodiest battles during the American Civil War and is considered by many historians as the tipping point during the war for the Northern or Union side. Today it’s a sprawling landscape littered with memorials and hills and it’s peaceful, a far cry from the 150 odd years back. I hope this won’t be my last trip to visit this hallowed site to wander the trails and take in the scenery. Since the film had taken on a somewhat grunge look to it. I decided to add in a sepia tone to the images using the Nik Collection Analog Efex Pro. I rather like the results!

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Hasselblad 500c – Carl Zeiss Planar 80mm 1:2.8 – Rollei RPX 25 @ ASA-25
Blazinal (1+50) 11:00 @ 20C
Meter: Pentax Spotmeter V
Scanner: Epson V700
Editor: Adobe Photoshop CC (2015)

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8 thoughts on “52:500c – Week 12 – A House Divided

  1. So glad you revisited these. They’re very atmospheric. Gettysburg is among the historic spots I still haven’t visited. Visiting places like this (as in my trip to the LIttle Bighorn battlefield last summer) can be a very visceral experience, especially if you are a big history buff. Your photos really translate some of that experience. Thanks.

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  2. Well done. I visited there twice last year. This week at the RI statehouse I photographed a famous cannon from the RI regiment that has a Union cannonball (from another cannon) embedded in it. The shot killed two RI soldiers. It is a storied relic. Gettysburg is a place of reverence. My neighbor’s family were Quakers on a farm north of the Town. Before the battle the Confederate army came through and took all their cattle. After the battle they helped to bury the dead.

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    • The RI State House is a beautiful building! I’ve had a chance to photograph that one as well! And it’s great to tie in some personal history to the battle!

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  3. I posted a picture of the RI statehouse with the comment “If only this building could talk”. My brother a political science professor then remarked “It would be in the witness protection program”!

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