a card and help us earn $1000 for 'Save the Children'
the Buildings section to see works arranged in folders according to the location
of the windows. These contain works by many different makers and in many different
notice regarding copyright.
The new items
have been added to the various sections to which they belong. A few details
have still to be posted but we did not wish to delay adding the items with the
Holidays getting closer each day.
of new items to report. Firstly one of our images is to be published in the
December edition of 'Good Housekeeping'. This is the US (not UK) magazine which
I understand has a circulation of over 5 million. This is far from being the
lucrative proposition that most would expect for this kind of usage but hopefully
the mention of the website will result in some more visitors and perhaps some
of them may stop to buy things. The image which they will be using is a picture
of an angel and I believe that it is to accompany an article about true-life
experiences involving angels.
thing to mention is still evolving and it concerns the free use of some of our
images by at least one branch of the US military (USAF) to enhance Christmas
Eve services on remote bases where worship has to be conducted in surroundings
which have been described to me as being 'spartan'. The particular base which
has made this initial request is Manas Air Base, in Kyrgyzstan which I have
yet to look for on a map. However, it is my hope that whatever we produce for
use there can also be utilised by other bases in other parts of the world to
brighten up the Christmas services for soldiers, sailors, marines as well as
members of the air force.
probably more news than I have time to type but I will at least try. Firstly
there are a lot of imminent changes in the Glassmasters line-up. The company
has recently launched over 20 new products which I will get posted on the site
shortly but this is also being accompanied by the retirement of some of the
older products, a situation which is tricky to manage.
what happens is that pending retirements are announced but the items are available
as long as existing stocks last - this can range from weeks or more in the case
of less popular items to as short as a few days with others. Rather than delete
items when the retirement is announced we prefer to continue to offer them until
stocks are more or less totally exhausted but we do run the risk that we might
not be able to fulfill an order as happened on at least one occasion recently.
Of course when this happens we always offer either a full refund or a substitution
according to the wish of the customer but there is still the potential for disappointment
when someone was hoping to get a particular item.
advice we can offer is not to delay any purchase which you plan to make. This
is all the more true with the Holidays looming ever-larger on the horizon. Glassmasters
(and Stonemasters) have warned us that they expect to have a very busy season
this year and every year there are some items which sell out by December, by
which it is too late to plan additional production. So if you are thinking about
buying any items for the holidays please place your orders as soon as possible.
Right now most current items are available but this will almost certainly not
be the case as we get nearer to Thanksgiving and Christmas.
notice a link at the top of the page inviting you to send a free e-card - please
follow it and send at least one card. We are participating in a competition
which is being run by CrossDaily and the first referring website to send 100,000
visitors to them via the card link will receive $1,000 which we plan to donate
to the Save the Children Fund. I plan to circulate links to this page as far
and as fast as I can. Technically we have until December to hit the magical
100,000 visitors but I believe that with some energy and creativity we could
hit the number within a lot shorter time, perhaps even less than a week, such
is the nature of the internet. There is really no cost to it, just a small investment
of time, and the recipient of the card(s) you send will be most appreciative.
I need to
add something otherwise the "New" will be a misnomer! It is not that
things have not been happening but I have not been disciplined in recording
and publicising what has been going on. The real purpose of this particular
update is to highlight the fact that today, for some selected items in the Glassmasters
range, we have begun to offer *FREE* shipping on domestic orders.
It was apparent
that some of our visitors were coming to check out our Glassmasters offerings
but were not buying from us and when I surveyed the market it was clear that
some of our competitors are offering free shipping on orders above a certain
threshold. Not to be outdone, we have initiated a trial period of free shipping
for selected items and we will see how it goes. Whether we continue it or not
will depend on the number of orders we get, it only really makes sense if it
means extra volume.
we did receive a trial order from a company in Japan for quite a range of our
cards and I feel confident that it will lead to larger orders in the future.
If you have
been tracking the 'Buildings' section you will have noted the folders containing
the recent work from the 4 churches in Jersey City.
that I should make an entry today as this date only comes around every four
saw the release of The Passion of Christ after a very skillfully managed publicity
campaign. I went to see it on Friday and it is probably the most poweful film
I have ever seen. I read an interesting comment earlier today which unfortunately
I am unable to attribute because I did not see the whole article. Basically
the question was posed that, in light of the huge success of The Passion of
Christ, has the cinema become the stained glass of the 21st century? Films about
the Bible and the Life of Jesus are not a new phenomenon and they have not all
been given the 'Hollywood Gloss' as, say, 'The Ten Commanments' or 'King of
Kings'. I seem to recall that 'The Gospel according to St Mark' had a few things
in common with The Passion of Christ, at least in terms of it's realism, the
treatment and the use of relatively unknown actors. Nevertheless, Gibson's Passion
of Christ marks a watershed and it will be interesting to see what develops
and evolves from it.
of some interest in Passion, Holy Week and Resurrection images today I revamped
the cards section. We have decided to make the individual card purchase option
a permanent feature and so what we have done is to create a common 'Cards' page
from which can be accessed 'Individual Cards' and 'Sets of Cards' and to both
we have added some images which are appropriate to The Passion and the run up
to Easter. However, if the image(s) which you like are not represented on the
card pages please email us and ask because most of the images on the site, and
others not yet up[loaded, can be available as cards or even larger prints.
On a slightly
less serious note it is interesting to see what happens with keywords in search
engines such as Google and Yahoo. I just tried a few searches around 'The Passion
of Christ' and this site is nowhere, at least not in the first 23 pages brought
back by Google, unless you add the two magic words 'stained' and 'glass'
and then we come up #2 in Yahoo and about #4 in Google. It will be interested
to see if this page comes higher ranked in the general search. Google updates
quite often and the Google spiders visit every day or two.
I am very
pleased to be able to report that from today StainedGlassPhotography cards may
be purchased from the giftshop in St Bartholomew's (St Bart's) Episcopal Church
on Park Avenue in New York (between 50th and 51st). I personally made the first
delivery today so that they would be available for people attending the Ash
Wednesday services. The cards are also going to be available both physically
and online at the Episcopal Book and Resource Center whose shop is on 2nd Avenue
and, in addition, the Book and Resource Center is planning to stock some larger-sized
much news to report. Two events are on the horizon which might interest readers
who live within reach of northern New Jersey. The first is an exhibition of
work which will take place in the Atrium Gallery which is within the Municipal
Court buildings in Morristown from sometime around the end of April until July.
The other is a slide show and lecture at the New Jersey Historical Society on
Saturday May 8th, subject yet to be determined.
I did send
out a February update but I have noticed that email has recently become less
reliable than it used to be and I am wondering all of the copies reached their
addressees. If anyone reading this did not receive a copy and would like one
please email me.
film 'The Passion' is scheduled to be released in about a week's time and I
am anticipating that it will result in an increased interest in everything to
do with The Passion and Holy Week which will probably result in more traffic
to the site as people search online for images of Gethsemane, the Last Supper,
the Crucifixion and the Resurrection.
I am delighted
to announce that Stained Glass Photography has been appointed as an online distributor
of the entire range of Glassmasters fine stained glass reproductions. For many
years now this company in Richmond, Virginia, has been producing fine miniature
replicas of works by Tiffany Studios, Frank Lloyd Wright, John La Farge, Marc
Chagall and others. It is no coincidence that many great museums such as the
Metropolitan Museum of Art, the National Gallery of Art, the Art Institute of
Chicago and the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation have all chosen Glassmasters to
reproduce their stained glass treasures.
a significant enhancement to the website and offers not only the chance to buy
these beautiful works but also the chance to see many new images. Whilst these
are not photographs of real windows in situ the Glassmasters models are so beautifully
made and with such attention to detail that they are themselves worth looking
at in order to better appreciate the design qualities in the original works.
For me this was particularly true of the Frank Lloyd Wright collection because
I have never seen his work first-hand and the opportunity to look closely at
the pictures of these 25 to-scale miniatures has given me a much better appreciation
of why his work is so sought after. Examples
has just been uploaded which contains images of some of the windows from Christ
Episcopal Church, a beautiful stone-built church on the border of Bloomfield
and Glenridge. There is a set of 3 lancets by Tiffany Studios - one is an Annunciation,
the second is an Adoration of the Magi and the third is Jesus as a boy, preaching
to the Elders in the Temple. There is another 3-lancet set opposite it (image
#04) which includes a rather fine angel playing a mandolin is signed "Kimberley"
and dates from the 1920's. The west window is a depiction of Jesus blessing
the children, I do not know the maker. As with the folder uploaded last week
these are not labelled and have been subject to minimal editing.
significant item of news is that we have located a source for genuine examples
of antique stained glass. These are mostly panels from houses and other secular
buildings and right now there are some beautiful examples of early Arts and
Crafts Movement panels from the 1880's. One set in particular which caught my
attention features beautifully hand-painted images of birds. Due to the fact
that most of their customers are from the US all their pricing is in $US and
is therefore unaffected by the weaker dollar. Eventually I plan to set up a
permanent link to this interesting source of original works but for the time
being you can access it from here
if you like Victorian and Edwardian stained glass and have a house
where it would look good then you would do well to at least take a look at what
is available. However, you must bear in mind that these are original, one-of-a-kind
pieces and the stock is turning over all the time. On the one hand it means that new items
are constantly being added but it also means that when you see something you like you may need
to move quickly.
Year! I have just finished a somewhat belated reorganisation of the cards pages.
There are two significant changes - firstly the Christmas cards have been given
their own page and this means that the cards page will now load faster. Secondly,
and perhaps more importantly, for a limited time we are offering visitors the
chance to buy individual cards with a below-cost S&H charge. This means
that if you just want to buy one card for a very special gift or occasion you
can do so for about the same as you would pay for a Hallmark card but with one
of these you are getting a miniature work of art, a real one-of-a-kind. The
following is a quotation from an email which I received from someone who had
just purchased 2 sets of the cards,
I was going to paraphrase it but I don't think that I could possibly do it justice
and so here it is, verbatim:-
The pictures are incredible. My wife couldnt believe they were photos
of stained glass. She said they look like paintings not photos of paintings,
but paintings themselves. She didnt know how you did it. High praise,
I think. A personal letter written in that note card would be a gift to treasure.
You may want to pitch that concept around the holidays, or Valentines
Day. What better gift than a photograph of an incredible work of art accompanying
a personal note. Youre bringing two nearly lost (and moving art) forms
-- stained glass and letter writing together in one gift."
I am certainly
hoping that we make some sales for Valentine's Day, and for Easter too which
is just around the corner. Last but not least I believe that I will soon have completed the upload of pictures of the windows in Christ's Episcopal Church in Riverton. The crowning glory is a fairly early Tiffany rose window which I believe dates to when he was about 35 yrs old and would have been involved personally to a much greater extent than with some of the many later works. It is an unusual design with an inner circle with some angel faces surrounded by what appear to be cornucopias decorated with holly branches. There are other nice windows but I have yet to determine the makers of the other works. I will apologise in advance for any shortcomings in the editing. I should have spent more time adjusting them and even eliminating some duplications which slipped through but I ran out of time and decided to upload something rather than nothing.
the Christmas Concert at the convent of St Elizabeth had to be cancelled due
to the severe snow-storm which struck New Jersey on the weekend that it was
planned to take place. However, I am delighted to be able to announce that some
of the photographs which I took and which were going to be exhibited have now
been posted on the
the Sisters of Charity from whom prints may be ordered.
a few upcoming events which may be of interest to visitors who are within reach
of northern New Jersey.
work is being exhibited at the Gallery Petite in High Bridge, just outside Clinton.
It is part of a larger exhibition entitled 'Of the Spirit' comprising works
in a range of different media by several artists. The exhibition opened in November
and will close at the end of December.
during the month of December is an exhibition at a gallery in Clifton called
'The Artisan's Touch'. The gallery is located on the lower level of the Styertowne
Shopping Center which is just off route 3 at the Bloomfield Avenue exit. The
gallery is open Tuesdays through Sundays from 11.00am or noon depending on the
day. There will be a "Meet the Photographer" session on Saturday 13th
December from around 1.00pm. For further details or directions call the gallery
6th cards and prints will be on sale at the 'Fair in the Square' in Verona.
7th there will be a Christmas Concert entitled "Cathedral Sounds at Christmas"
at the Convent of St Elizabeth in Convent Station. Immediately following the
concert will be an exhibition and sale of photographs of the exquisite stained
glass windows in the chapel of the Motherhouse, where the concert will have
been held. Admission is by ticket only and tickets may be obtained by calling
Sister Sheila Holleran on 973-290-5454.
who is planning to order one or more sets of our cards now would be a good time
to do it. At time of writing this update I can safely promise a speedy turnaround
of orders and pre-Christmas delivery, even to overseas purchasers. If you haven't
made your mind up yet whether to buy some then all I can say is 'go ahead and
buy', you will not be disappointed. I sold a lot at a local Christmas Fair this
past weekend and everyone loved them. Many people said that they were buying
them for framing or to use as Christmas decorations or special gifts rather
than to be sent as cards. If you are ready to buy then click on the link at
the top of this page.
We now have
9 sets of cards specially selected with Christmas in mind. At time of writing
all of the cards are on one page and that makes the page very slow to load.
To anyone reading this who has a dial-up connection and/or a slow modem I would
ask you to be patient. We are planning to split the content into 2 pages and
I am hopeful that this will be done within a day or two.
If you are
planning to order cards then now would not be too soon. The cards are more or
less made-to-order and we do not carry large stocks. There are several events
coming up which will place demands on us and if we get a sudden upsurge of business
via the website we might get back-ordered. To avoid disappointment or delay
I am urging everyone to place their orders early so that we can be sure to be
able to fulfill them.
really great cards. Yesterday I delivered the Christmas order to Epstein's in
Morristown and the buyer commented on how bright and vibrant the colours are.
This is partly the photography but also because they are actual photographic
prints and rarely can a conventionally printed card reproduce colour the way
a photo can.
a record-breaking month in terms of traffic through the website. During the
course of the month 16,624 unique users made a total of 33,774 visits to the
site and viewed 75,333 pages. I will watch with interest to see how November
and December pan out but it is clear to me that there is interest in this art
and I have no regrets in having embarked on this journey. However, I will need
the site is to continue and grow.
Welcome to all our new visitors from New Zealand!
of days ago there was a spike in traffic as measured by my statistics analyser.
It wasn't the biggest spike we have ever seen but it was nevertheless noticeable
and raised my curiousity. It seems that someone called Max Newman who edits
a weekly newsletter for xtra, which is part of the MSN Network had said some
kind words about the site and this was prompting people to look us over. Well,
I wish all our new guests a warm welcome and thankyou Max!
not much other news to report. The Convent of St Elizabeth work is progressing
well and there will definitely be an exhibit of work at their Christmas Concert
on December 7th. I would urge anyone who can get to Morristown in New Jersey
to obtain a ticket and plan to attend. The setting is really beautiful, I am
sure that the music will be superb and there will be some fine photographs to
be viewed afterwards. Prints will be on sale as will cards, all featuring the
exquisite windows in the chapel of the Motherhouse, and a significant portion
of the proceeds will be used by the Sisters for charitable purposes. By way
of a preview, here
is a detail from one of the windows at St Elizabeth's Convent. The angel is
from an Annunciation window
Today I added
a "Help Us" page and installed links from this page (see above) and
from the home page. I thought that it was timely to remind our visitors that
what is offered as a 'free' resource actually costs money to provide and we
genuinely do need help and support from our visitors if we are to continue to
provide the facility.
not least can I urge any of you who are planning to order cards from us to please
place your order sooner rather than later. We do not carry large numbers of
these in stock and if there is a significant demand for them all at once then
I can foresee difficulties in getting them delivered in time. I realise that
it is only mid-October but the more orders which can be placed and fulfilled
between now and mid-November the happier I shall be.
28th 2003 update
In case you
had not noticed there have been a few new features added to the site. Firstly
we have entered into affiliate programmes with AllPosters and Amazon in order
to provide the opportunity for visitors to purchase prints, books and other
items while visiting us and at the same time contributing to the upkeep of the
site. Any goods purchased via one of these links will cost exactly the same
as if purchased by going to these sites direct but if you follow one of our
links and purchase something we receive a small commission. Eventually we may
put the links onto the home page but for the time being you will find them in
the Giftshop. We have tried to keep the items relevant to stained glass and
the artists featured here and it is all passive advertising - if you are not
interested simply ignore it.
thing which we have been working on is a concept which I think we will call
'E-blessings' and which I may even trademark if no-one has beaten me to it.
Basically what we are setting up is a means whereby our visitors can send one
of our images via email with a message and/or scripture attached. This facility
is provided free to us by a company called Supertaf which uses the mechanism
for advertising purposes. We are hopeful that the means of sending free electronic
greetings will not detract from sales of our real cards, which are really a
different thing altogether, and we are very pleased to offer this free service
to our visitors. The first card was created and uploaded earlier today but I
am hopeful that before too long there will be a range of options available featuring
different designs and with different occasions in mind. Here is a link to our first card
11th 2003 update
I very much
regret to announce the sad loss, on September 10th, of Walter Douglas Leek (best
known as Doug), who was for 61 years the loving husband of Mary Elizabeth Leek,
father of my wife Eileen, her sister Kathleen and brother Dougie and doting
grandfather of my stepson, Michael. He was a pillar of a man - a sergeant in
the US Marine Corps in WW2 he led machine-gun crews on Iwo Jima and was decorated,
including the Purple Heart. After the war for many years he delivered literally
tons of large animal carcasses to butchers' shops around New York and in his
spare time built a house, single-handedly and with no modern power-tools. He
recovered from a major heart attack and enjoyed a long retirement in Otisville,
NY where he hand-built an extension to his home. For the last 17 years he has
spent as much time as possible with his grandson, Michael who was born with
CP, and has had a profound impact on Michael's development and determination
to overcome his physical limitations. At every possible opportunity Doug would
come to stay with us and spend time with Michael. Sometimes it would be ostensibly
to be there to pick Michael up from school but the reality was that he simply
took every possible opportunity to be with his "buddy" Mike. He also
had 2 other grandchildren of whom he was very proud - Kyle and Stephen - and
both of them, now in their late 20's, had spent many happy summers with "Poppa"
when they were young. Fiercely proud of his family's long tradition in the fire
service in his former home town, Flushing, New York, he recently donated his
great grandfather's silver ceremonial fireman's trumpet to the American Museum
of Firefighters in Hudson, New York. In retirement he was an avid collector
of many things, including antique sewing machines which he took great pleasure
in restoring. He was very active in the Marine Corps League as well as being
a volunteer worker in his local First Aid Rescue Squad. He had tremendous compassion,
a great sense of humour, a strong sense of duty and a strong work ethic. He
will be greatly missed by many and the world was a better place for his presence
and has suffered a loss through his absence.
item of news is that I have recently been priviledged to have been asked to
photograph some windows in the Motherhouse of the convent of St Elizabeth at
Convent Station, near Morristown, in New Jersey. These include some of the most
exquisite windows I have ever seen. Probably 19thC and of German origins some
of them are very fine indeed and they are in a building which, of it's nature,
is relatively inaccessible to the public. At this time I am discussing using
the images for charitable purposes to raise money for the Sisters of Charity
but I hope that at some point I will be able to post some of these pictures
on the website because they really are beautiful.
I am beginning
to gear up for the holiday season and am hoping to show and sell work at several
events. The first is a street fair in Madison on October 4th which replaces
the June event cancelled due to bad weather. I am then hoping to do a small
exhibit at St John's in Somerville in early November, attend the NY Episcopal
Diocese convention later that month and then the Caldwell College fair after
who reads this is thinking of ordering some of our notecards with the Holidays
in mind, either as cards or as gifts, then I would urge you to place your order
early. We do not carry huge stocks of the cards and if we are inundated with
orders in December then there is a chance that we may have problems fulfilling
them all in time. Right now would be a great time to place your orders and that
way there will be no pressure and you will get your cards in ample time. Also,
please remember that the cost of postage and packing is the same whether you
buy one set, two sets or even ten sets.
In case you
scrolled past it without noticing, at the top of this page is a link to the
page where you can purchase a set of our cards. These notecards really are beautiful
and they are perfect for framing - you just drop them straight into a 7"
by 5" standard photo frame. Whether you buy them to give or as a treat
for yourself we guarantee that you will not be disappointed. Also, by buying
something from us you will be supporting the site and contributing to the cost
of maintaining and adding to it.
of the renewed interest in Mary Magdalene as a result of the publication of
the popular 'Da Vinci Code' I decided to add a folder containing a few images
of her. All of these images are in other folders on the site but this way they
will be easier to find should anyone be keyword searching using the name Magdalene.
I also decided to add another folder which should have been uploaded last year
but somehow missed the boat. This new folder includes an interesting variety
of works. Many are from Church of the Incarnation which is home to some splendid
Tiffany works as well as others by leading 19th and early 20thC makers. Also
in there are a few pictures from St Paul's in Irton, including one of my personal
favourites - the Tibertine Sibyl and some works from two churches in Scotland.
All-told this has added 115 new images to the site.
This is not
so much an update but more a request for help in tracking down a window which
was stolen last weekend. The window in question is a 12-panel rose window featuring
a landscape scene and was made by Lamb Studios in 1903. The window had been
undergoing repair and maintenance work and was scheduled to be reinstalled on
July 28th but unfortunately the van into which it had been loaded was stolen
from Secaucus in northern New Jersey. As there were no markings on the van it
can reasonably assumed that the van itself was the target of the theft but it
is quite possible that the thieves may try to sell the window to a dealer. Should
anyone who reads this hear of a window being offered for sale which might be
this one I would ask that they contact me via the details on the 'contact us'
page or call Don Samick, President of Lamb Studios on 1-877-700-LAMB.
If you are
a returning visitor to the site then you will probably have noticed the appearance
of some advertisements. I did originally hope to be able to maintain the site
without resort to advertising but, alas, economic necessity dictates otherwise.
The particular brand of advertising which is marketed by Google promises 'relevant'
advertising and it is entirely passive - if you are not interested then simply
do not click on it. I promise faithfully that I will not ever sign up for any
'pop-up' or 'pop-under' advertising which I personally find extremely irritating.
As for the Google ads the jury is still out and I will be closely monitoring
how they impact the aesthetic appeal of the site.
The bad news
is that anything involving outdoor sales this summer has proven to be a washout,
literally, due to the weather pattern we have been experiencing here in New
Jersey. My two attempts at showing and selling prints were to have been the
Denville Fair and the Madison Art Fair and both were major flops. The Madison
one was even cancelled before starting as the rain was so bad.
news is that we have launched a line of notecards and they are proving to be
a real winner. The cards are made of heavy, acid-free card-stock and are slightly
off-white. An actual, individual photograph is sealed behind a window in the
card which can act as a mat if the card is later framed. The cards are blank
inside and each one comes with a matching envelope and is individually packaged
in a clear, resealable, archival envelope. We are using actual photographs and
they look superb. The entire card measures about 7" x 5" so as to
fit straight into a standard frame and the actual 'mat opening' for the photograph
is about 4 3/4" x 3 1/4". So far the cards are being sold to a number
of book and card shops within northern New Jersey and to Epstein's, the highly
prestigious 100 year-old department store in Morristown. However, for those
who do not have easy access to northern New Jersey I am hoping to soon set up
the means of buying the cards via the website as well as greatly increasing
geographical coverage in terms of conventional stores.
One of the
big attractions with the cards is the wide range of potential uses to which
they can be put. Clearly the nativity scenes have potential to make nice Christmas
cards and similarly there are other designs which will match other important
times such as Easter. However there are also other possibilities such as giving
a card with St Luke to a doctor for whom St Luke is the Patron Saint. Similarly
an image of St Catherine of Alexandria is appropriate for a teacher. Some of
the Tiffany angels representing, say, Peace, Charity or Hope can also be used
to convey appropriate sentiments in certain situations. Overall these are bright,
colourful and beautiful images and when incorporated into a notecard they become
more like a gift than just a card. Several people have commented that these
are cards which people will buy for themselves as well as to give to others.
I only hope
that we can adequately convey to visitors to the website just how high the quality
of these cards really is. Whenever I show the actual cards to people who are
able to hold them and appreciate just how heavy the paper stock is and feel
the thick texture of the card and the envelope with its ragged edged flap they
take no convincing whatsoever. From that standpoint the cards actually sell
themselves. However, whether we will be able to convince people online is something
which remains to be seen but we will, of course, give our no-quibble, money-back,
guarantee if for any reason anyone is dissatisfied.
I am hoping
to get the online ordering mechanisms in place before the end of the month but
if anyone reading this is impatient then please email me via the 'contact' link.
website is due to be featured in the New Jersey 'Star Ledger' on May 22nd in
the 'Essex Towns' section. I was interviewed earlier in the week by Carmen Juri,
a reporter from the paper, and was then photographed by Tony Cho 'on location'
at St Luke's Episcopal Church in Montclair.
am continuing to find and photograph new windows. Last week I took pictures
of a very nice Tiffany window in St Peter's Church in Morristown. I will need
to obtain permission from the church before posting any of the pictures online
but I am hoping that they will be supportive. There are two churches in Ridgewood
whose windows I am planning to shoot just as soon as I have the right combination
of my availability and favourable weather conditions.
June 7th I will be exhibiting some work in the Art on Waverly show in Madison,
New jersey. This is an outdoor show with booths around Waverly Place and I understand
that it is usually very well-attended.
June 14th the Montclair Historical Society has arranged a guided tour of several
of Montclair's historic places of worship. The tour will end at St Luke's Episcopal
Church where a small reception will take place and I have agreed to show some
of my work to those attending, with particular emphasis on the local churches
in which I have photographed.
This is just
to mention that if you can get to northern New Jersey and are interested in
seeing some actual prints of this work there are a few retail outlets where
examples may be found and these are listed here
have just added a folder of pictures of the windows in Central Presbyterian
Church, Summit and to make these new folders easier to access I will leave links
to them at the top of this page. Eventually there will be links to these from
the home page but that is delayed pending other changes which are planned. These
four folders now add just under 200 new images to the site which include some
fine and hitherto unpublished works by Tiffany Studios, Henry Holiday and Connick
studios as well as many other works both old and modern.
news is the addition of a new folder of work which features the windows of Calvary
Episcopal Church in Summit, New Jersey. This church has some fine windows by
the London firm, Powell, whose mark is a cloaked monk. There is a very colourful
and particularly fine set of windows to the left and right and above the altar
by an as-yet-unknown maker, possibly also Powell. For Tiffany-lovers the crowning
glory is undoubtedly the rose window which is above the west wall. It is a beautiful
work featuring 8 angels radiating from a centre-piece containing a dove and
each angel is carrying a scroll bearing one of the Beatitudes. This is an excellent
window for demonstrating what a camera and good film can see which the naked
eye can not. The window is fairly high up and even in the afternoon sun is still
somewhat dark. Though it is certainly possible to appreciate the overall beauty
of the window there is much fine detail which is lost to the average human eye
but which the camera can capture. There are 84 images of the windows in Calvary
8th addendum: This morning I received notification that the east window set
and one of the windows in the baptistry in Calvary Episcopal Church are the
work of Henry Holiday, one of the most accomplished stained glass artists of
the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The window in the baptistry dates from
around 1902 and the east window set is said to date from 1919-20. I received
this confirmation from Peter Cormack of the William Morris museum in London,
who is a leading expert in stained glass of that period and who immediately
recognised these windows as the work of Holiday and was able to find references
to them in published works. For my part I knew that they were exceptional works
but I did not connect them with Holiday and could see no markings on them. Also,
because they are so colourful and in such excellent condition I found it difficult
to judge their age.
Henry Holiday undertook many commissions for clients in the US. Noteworthy examples
include the memorial window for Robert E. Lee in St Paul's Episcopal Church
in Richmond, windows in Harvard and Drew Universities and windows in The Church
of the Incarnation in New York City. The largest body of his work which I have
personally seen in one place is the set of windows in Trinity College Cambridge
which includes over 120 full length figure studies featuring prominent religious
and historic figures through the ages. A brief biography
will provide a little more information about him, including
his connections with Morris, Burne-Jones and ties to the English Lake District.
week has been overshadowed by the sudden and unexpected passing of Eric's father,
Bernard Falk. In case you are unaware Eric is our webmaster without whose painstaking
efforts this website would still be a pipedream instead of the reality which
it has become.
Falk was only 71 and his death came as a great shock to Eric, his brother and
to other close family and friends. I did not know him personally but, based
on the attendance at his funeral and the many great things which were said about
him there, he is someone who will be greatly missed by many and for a very long
eulogy which was delivered by Rabbi Herman at the funeral was especially memorable
for it's sincerity and it was truly moving. It included a very poignant poem
which I think that it would be appropriate to share and it may be found via
any appearances to the contrary, things are still moving along.
I had hoped that I would have been able to report changes to the way images
are uploaded and stored on the site some time ago but sadly this has not been
possible. Even today there are some i's to be dotted and t's crossed before
this is completed, but I honestly believe that we are getting close.
some time there has been a folder of work from St Luke's Episcopal Church in
Montclair, NJ on the site. Because this is very much a prototype with the pictures
not properly labelled and with no logos we have not included any links to it.
However, today I decided that it had simply been too long since we last provided
an update and so here is a link
I would be interested to receive feedback in terms of how the images look and
whether the thumbnails are of good sizes but please ignore the inadequate labelling,
this is just an early prototype. Any input regarding the speed of loading of
the thumbnail page would also be helpful, especially from visitors who are using
dial-up internet connections.
December I was priviledged to be granted permission to take photographs of the
windows in Jesus College Cambridge. I was particularly interested in seeing
and photographing these because they include some early uses of some of my favourite
Morris, Burne-Jones and Madox Brown designs. The permission was granted for
'personal use only' and on condition that I provide a copy of the pictures to
the college and I will therefore require permission before posting any of that
work online but in the meantime you can see some of the college's own pictures
website In addition to the many examples of Morris glass they also
have some fine reproductions of the windows at Chartres which were made by Pugin
in the 19th century and a wooden ceiling by Morris Company in the medieval style.
recently I have begun work on 4 churches in New Jersey:
Central Presbyterian Church in Summit which has 3 Tiffany windows amongst a
range of other works.
St John's Episcopal Church in Somerville which has 4 Tiffany works, including
one landscape work which has been on loan to a museum in Brooklyn and is now
Calvary Episcopal Church in Summit which has an impressive collection of windows
by Powell of Whitechapel as well as a Tiffany rose window.
Trinity Episcopal Church in Woodbridge which has, amongst others, two fine 19th
century windows by an as-yet-unidentified maker.
already have some results from two of these. Some of the ones from St John's
may be viewed here
. I would hope to have them all photographed by the end of
this month, weather and other time-commitments permitting.
this is a reminder that until we are able to resume uploading to this site we
will continue to post work temporarily on photo.net
are beginning to move again. We have uploaded some more pictures and there are
almost 100 more in the pipeline, including some new Tiffany works. In addition
we posted some of the shots of Connick works at the Basilica of the Immaculate
Conception in Washington, DC and some of the studio's more recent works from
St Luke's Episcopal Church in Montclair, New Jersey. Both of these last two
can be found in folders on the photo.net website and are accessible via a link
in the Links section.
the last month or so I have shot windows in two churches in Montclair, both
of which feature some Tiffany windows, and I am in discussions with a third
which is said to have some particularly fine examples.
are looking into ways of streamlining the process of uploading pictures which
presently consumes too much of Eric's valuable time and if we are successful
in achieving that then visitors should see a big change in the pace at which
new pictures are added and we should see a broadening out of the makers represented
which is currently slanted towards the works of Morris and his associates.
addition the enhancements referred to in the last update are still in the works.
am very happy to report that "Angels
in Glass" is getting rave reviews and we have yet
to hear a single complaint about it.
The most positive comments have probably come from lovers of Tiffany work who
are seeing for the very first time some exquisite works though admirers of "English"
glass are not being disappointed either.
a token of appreciation to our audience, and to show off our printing capability,
for a limited time only we are going to give away a beautiful 10"x8"
full colour print of a Tiffany angel with every CD purchased. Or, if you prefer
to think of it the other way around, buy the print and we will give you the
CD-ROM totally free of charge. Either way it is a tremendous value and you will
not be disappointed. It is also a great gift (or even two great gifts!) for
the coming holidays.
have a few enhancements to the site in the pipeline so do keep checking back.
First and foremost we will be uploading more pictures. Adding to the Tiffany
section is our number one priority but we will enlarge others also. Secondly
we plan to offer visitors the means of sending free electronic greetings, featuring
a selection of the images. I am thinking of calling some of these "E-Blessings".
Last but not least we are going to enter into some affiliations with reputable
companies who sell books and artwork etc. This will not entail a lot of unsightly
advertising banners or, God-forbid, pop-up displays but we simply provide links
and if a visitor uses one of these links to buy, say, a book on stained glass
then we will get a small share of the profits from the bookseller to help towards
the upkeep of this site. This is at no cost to our visitors, they pay the same
for the goods as anyone else buying from the same place, and does not entail
it is launched at last! "Angels in Glass"is
finally available for purchase.
I say it myself, this really is a fine product. The images are quite varied
but what they have in common is quality - the works which they illustrate
are simply exquisite.
have been running a prototype of this screensaver on my own PC for some weeks
now and I have to say that it looks superb. If you like the images on this website
then you simply have to see some of them full-screen - the difference is amazing.
Also, with 62 images in total, it takes a long time to even get familiar with
the screensaver never mind getting bored or tired of it!
you like Morris and Burne-Jones or Tiffany or some of the other makers you are
sure to find works on here that you will enjoy.
is also a really great and quite unusual gift for a friend or loved-one, a gift
which combines art, love and spirituality with utility.
don't forget that all purchases from us are protected by our 30-day no-quibble
guarantee and by 'no-quibble' we mean just that. If for any reason you
need or wish to return the product we will either replace it or give you a refund,
whichever you request.
on another topic, there are now some pictures taken in Cologne Cathedral on
the photo.net site which can be accessed via the Links section. The few shots
I was able to take of these beautiful and richly-coloured panels are well worth
to mention that I have uploaded a few shots of the windows at the Second Congregational
Church in Searsport Harbor, Maine, to the photo.net website. They are in a folder
named after the church and can be found via a link in the links section. At
time of writing I have only uploaded 5 shots but I should be getting others
back from the lab later today and may add to the folder if the results are good.
As I mentioned earlier the maker of these fine windows is unknown but they really
are exquisite and are rich in both colour and texture.
trip to Maine was great. It is a beautiful part of the world and we had fun
just exploring and enjoying the natural beauty of the surroundings and being
close to the sea.
was constantly on the lookout for examples of stained glass but in the places
we visited there were few examples of the kind of pictorial windows which I
like to photograph. Two churches are worth mentioning, however: The Second Congregational
Church of Searsport Harbor and St Saviour's church in Bar Harbor.
were directed to the church in Searsport Harbor by an artist who makes stained
glass artwork who told us that it contained some beautiful Tiffany windows.
A few days later we visited and met with Bob and Jane Mercier, two of the 5
remaining members of the congregation, who told us all about the windows and
about the campaign to raise funds for their restoration. It seems that opinions
are divided as to whether the windows can definitely be attributed to Tiffany
but there is no disputing the fact that they are exceptionally fine works of
art and certainly the quality of materials used and the craftsmanship are consistent
with a studio such as Tiffany's. I shot a roll of film in an attempt to capture
the glowing, jewel-like, colours and will add them to the growing list of work
to be uploaded onto the site.
we did not find St Saviour's episcopal church in Bar Harbor until one evening
towards the end of our trip. We were driving around Bar Harbor and were passing
the church when I noticed what appeared to be some interesting and fine windows.
I parked the car and was looking around the outside when I met with the Senior
Warden of the church who had just locked up for the night. Although I was not
able to go inside I was given a leaflet and have determined that this church
could, of itself, be justification for a return visit to Maine. The church has
no less than 42 important windows. At least 10 are by Tiffany studios and many
others are by great makers including Maitland Armstrong (senior) and Heaton
& Butler. The windows span over a century, from the late 1800's to the last
20 years or so. It is thought that this church has more Tiffany windows in one
building than anywhere else in the state of Maine.
was in Europe on business this past week. It was a painfully short trip which
had me arriving in and transitting the UK on Wednesday morning, flying to Brussels
and then driving to Cologne where I had several meetings. However, I did manage
to stop along the way and took some pictures in two churches before the trip
back on Friday.
first church was in a place called Warenne in Belgium. I had stopped to break
the journey from Brussels to Cologne and there was an old Catholic church which
was open to exploration. It is a tall structure and I was travelling light with
only my 28-200mm zoom but I did take a few shots of two sets of windows high
above the north and south transepts.
second church I visited was Cologne Cathedral or the Dom, as it is more often
known. I had some free time in between meetings and the hotel I was staying
at was only about half a mile from the Dom and so I went to take a look around.
I have been to Cologne countless times in the last 15 years but I cannot recall
having spent much time in the Dom and I have certainly never paid any serious
attention to the glass there.
first thing which struck me was the range and quality of the stained glass.
The building had been very severely damaged by bombing in WWII and I suppose
that I had assumed that most of the glass would have been destroyed but this
clearly was not the case. I can only speculate but perhaps the glass was removed
for safe-keeping, as I know was the case with some important windows in Cambridge,
or perhaps by some miracle the glass survived the devastation but in any event
there appear to be surviving examples of the original 13thC glass as well as
glass which appeared to be from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries.
took pictures of 3 sets of windows, all dating from the 1850's or slightly later
and all in rich, beautiful colours. As with the windows in Warenne these were
high up and challenged my less than adequate equipment but, again, it was angels
which caught my eye and which I tried to capture for the CD. When I got to the
3rd window I thought that I had struck lucky. There was a raised platform which
had been erected underneath them for an orchestra or choir and I was able to
get relatively close and almost level to the window. Unfortunately this also
made me more conspicuous and after only taking 3 or 4 frames one of the wardens
in a bright red robe rushed up to me speaking harshly in German. Eventually
he made it clear that he wanted to see my permit and when I admitted to not
having one he ushered me off the platform. Photography is certainly allowed
in the building - there were flashes constantly firing as tourists walked around,
individually and in guided parties. However, it seems that either the use of
tripods is frowned on or my particular use of a platform was an issue - in any
event I did not venture to take further pictures in the Dom.
had time to look briefly in 2 other churches before resuming my meetings but
in both cases the glass must have been destroyed during the war. As is commonplace
there were pictures on display of the churches which had been taken immediately
after the war, alongside earlier pictures from, say, 1900 and the war-damage
was truly catastrophic. Both had modern glass in many of the windows but time
was short and it was not to my taste so I made no attempt to record it.
why have we changed the home page? Well, this week we tried out a new software
package to analyse the statistics concerning the traffic on the website. The
hosting service provides some analysis of the data which is accumulated but
we wanted to try to get a better understanding of what people seemed to like
to spend time on and how the various parts of the site compare in terms of traffic.
new software which we found is really quite powerful and produces reports which
are far more informative than those we had been getting. Among many other things
we can now get data on actual and average times spent on the site and the routes
that visitors follow from page to page.
was this last item which led us to discover an item of concern. Based on the
statistics for June month-to-date it appears that about half of the visitors
to the site only got as far as the home page. This is very hard to understand
since by far the majority of visitors seem to come directly to the site, mostly
by typing in the url, and we just cannot figure out why they would simply look
at the home page with St Luke and go away without at least exploring something.
some of these will have decided that the site was not what they thought or what
they were looking for but we just cannot believe that this would apply to all
of these people - and we are talking thousands, not hundreds. One theory is
that some of these people may not realise that the words they see are actually
buttons which open up new pages. Unless they actually scroll their mouse over
the words they will not see the underline come up and for someone who is perhaps
not very 'Net-experienced' this could be confusing. Another possibility is that
some of these visitors could have been hoping to see mention of Tiffany or Morris
and as the maker buttons are below the bottom of most peoples' browser pages
they just might move on without realising that they could scroll down on the
situation has definitely improved during the course of the month and on a daily
basis the number of visitors who do not venture beyond the home page is now
between a quarter and a third but we would like it to be even lower and so,
as an experiment, we added the new button which will lead people to the makers'
buttons. We also tried to make it look a little more like a button.
will now see whether this translates into more people entering the site and
looking around and less people just taking one look at the home page and going
away. We do apologise to anyone who preferred the aesthetic appeal of the home
page before this change but sometimes aesthetics have to give way to functionality.
week the site was made 'Website of the Week' by Amateur Photographer magazine,
a publication which I have admired for more years than I care to admit to! As
someone who took photographs for over 30 years while living in the UK I had
always wanted to have something published in AP or one of the other popular
photographic magazines but I could never have predicted that it would come about
at this time and in this way.
site has been running on the new server for a week now and to the best of our
knowledge it has not gone down and it is undoubtedly much faster loading than
previously - moving was clearly a good decision, albeit at a financial cost.
Washington DC shoot went quite well last weekend and we have some quite good
pictures of 3 fine Tiffany windows as well as others in St Margaret's and in
the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception. Unfortunately time constraints and
a queue of work will mean that they will not be uploaded for a while.
as at June 2nd 2002:
This section has been created so that our visitors can check back and quickly
discover if anything new has been added or updated since their last visit as
well as reading about works-in-progress which may be of future interest.
The site has been operational since April 9th 2002 and although we have made
good progress there is still much work to be done and we have many images in
various stages of inclusion.
The following is a list detailing all the work to date with an indication of
current status: -
1. Church of the Incarnation NYC - work needs to be organised, labelled, sized
2. St Martin's Church, Brampton - most need to be organised, labelled, sized
3. Jesus Church, Troutbeck - Fully uploaded.
4. Ponsonby Church - Fully uploaded.
5. Lanercost Priory - a few pictures to be uploaded shortly.
6. Ruthwell Parish church - Pictures to be uploaded shortly.
7. Dundonald Church, Ayrshire - Pictures to be uploaded shortly.
8. Trinity College Chapel Cambridge - Pictures to be uploaded shortly.
9. St James's Church, Staveley - Fully uploaded.
10. St Paul's Church, Irton - Pictures to be uploaded shortly.
11. Trinity Church, Saugerties - Fully uploaded.
12. St Paul's Richmond - Most need to be organised, labelled, sized and uploaded.
13. St Paul's Paterson - Most need to be organised, labelled, sized and uploaded.
14. Flemington Presbyterian Church - Most need to be organised, labelled, sized
15. United Methodist Church, Hudson Falls - Fully uploaded.
16. Holy Trinity Ayr - All need to be organised, labelled, sized and uploaded.
In addition to the above, during the course of the last week we have taken pictures
of the windows in St Margaret's Church in Washington DC as well as pictures
of some of the Connick windows in the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception,
also in Washington DC.
Now I would like to describe the events of Saturday May 25th and the following
Firstly, while in Washington that weekend, by chance I noticed a sharp increase
in our hits statistics. This is an indication of the traffic going through the
site and we had been 'clocking' an increasing number but were still only in
the range of around 2,000-4,000 per day (perhaps 100 people) whereas on Saturday
25th this number grew to over 38,000 in one day.
It was only after doing some investigation that I discovered that the reason
was that we had been declared Yahoo's "Pick of the Day", something we were extremely
The hits dropped slightly on Sunday and Monday but then rebounded with a vengeance
to about 42,000 on Tuesday and the month-to-date figures for May were showing
over 4,000 visitors and close to a quarter of a million page views.
On Wednesday disaster struck and our web-hosting service closed down the site
because the volume of traffic was "taking up excessive bandwidth". However,
they did not apparently perceive a need to communicate this to me and neither
did they respond to my many communications for a full 48 hours. During this
time all that anyone trying to visit us could see was a big sign saying "Forbidden"
and implying that they had no rights to be here. This was all VERY upsetting.
By Thursday night we had selected and signed on a new hosting service - one
which we believe will be much better able to handle the volume of traffic, have
much less downtime and be much faster-loading. All of this is at a price but
we feel that based on the accolade from Yahoo and the level of interest that
people have shown we will eventually recover the extra cost by some kind of
'Gift Shop' sales.
Transferring to the new host server was not an instantaneous event but we were
able to make the transition by very early morning on June 2nd.
Our goal is to become the definitive site for anyone interested in stained glass
windows with particular emphasis on windows and designs by important glassmakers
of the 19th and 20th centuries. The scope is huge and however hard we try we
will only scratch the surface but we are determined to do more.