Back in Town-Mercy Otis Warren

Hi everyone. Joanie & I got in just a little while ago after a six hour drive from Wind Gap, Penn. to Fluvanna County, Virginia. We started out in light rain but once in Virginia the weather cleared and it’s now a beautiful late spring afternoon as I type this.

Now that I’m back at my own computer I can start posting images again. I shot almost 2000 frames while up north so I’ll be starting on a series of photo essays. Here’s a quickly chosen image just to get me back on schedule.

The first afternoon I was in Cape Cod I was driving to Sandwich Town Harbor to photograph ships when I passed the Barnstable, Mass Courthouse and could not help but be struck by this magnificent stature silhouetted against the late afternoon light. I deliberately underexposed the shot to get the silhouette effect—my feeling was it imparted more of a symbolic and dynamic quality than if it were photographed simply as a well-lit stature of a woman. The statue was dedicated in July of 2001.

 Here’s some information from Wikipedia:

 Mercy Otis Warren (September 14, 1728 – October 19, 1814) was an American writer and playwright. She was known as the “Conscience of the American Revolution“. Mercy Otis was America’s first female playwright, having written unbylined anti-British and anti-Loyalist propaganda plays from 1772 to 1775, and was the first woman to create a Jeffersonian (anti-Federalist) interpretation of the Revolution, entitled History of the Rise, Progress, and Termination of the American Revolution, published in three volumes in 1805.

 Mercy Otis was the third child of 13 born to Colonel James Otis (1702–1778) and Mary Allyne Otis (1702–1774)[1] in Barnstable, Massachusetts. Mary Allyne was a descendant of Mayflower passenger Edward Doty.

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