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I have 20 new photos in my Etsy shop
bloom county: opus dear lj
I have 20 new photos listed in my shop, and you can get free shipping now until the end of October if you use the coupon code NEW2013. (That's only for prints, not vintage cameras.)

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I was in New Orleans yesterday (more on that later), and when I came back and checked Etsy I found that I'd had photos featured in 3 different treasuries. This photo was in 2 of them, and about 2 dozen people have favorited it so far. That's great, but I wish someone would buy it.

I'm pretty frustrated with the whole feedback system of Etsy, although I understand why they have it. But people don't like to buy from you if you don't have a lot of feedback, and you can't get feedback until you make sales, so it's a catch-22. And I've made some sales, but only 1 person has bothered to leave feedback! If feedback is so important to how well your shop does, Etsy should make it mandatory. Like you're not able to make more purchases until you've left feedback for the previous one or something.

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St. Mary's Episcopal Church, Weyanoke, LA
art: mark ryden deer
My friend Trish told me about this church near St. Francisville in West Feliciana Parish. It was built in the 1840s for the families that lived on nearby plantations, by the same architect who built Christ Episcopal in Napoleonville (which I've also photographed). He thought the English country church was the ideal for all rural churches, and that's clearly evident in his design for this one. When the highway that leads to St. Francisville was built in the 1920s (and as more people started to own automobiles) they started attending Grace Episcopal (which I've also photographed!) instead.

It was deconsecrated in the 1940s, and now it's just a brick shell slowly being overtaken by the forest. There was some talk last year of renovating it, but nothing's been done so far, although the roof was replaced in the 1980s when a tree fell on it. Either they're waiting to raise a certain amount before they start, or like so many "renovations" in south Louisiana, it's never getting past the talking-about-it phase. Frankly, I prefer it the way it is. It's not like there's a shortage of perfectly preserved little country churches in this state.

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To get there, I took US 61 North, then turned onto LA 66 past St. Francisville. After about 12 miles, there's a little private road called Cap Eddies, that was blocked by a gate. I left my car on the side of the road and ducked through the gate, which luckily had wide bars. I took this photo from where I parked my car.

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I walked a short way down the road--which I never saw anyone go down the entire time I was there--maybe a quarter of a mile. From there is a little path leading to the church. I took this photo from where I left the road and entered the path.

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The outside is pretty intact, it doesn't have the masses of vines growing on it that you see on a lot of other old buildings in the south.

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There are still some patches of plaster inside, but it's mostly bare brick.

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It was a beautiful day--we're having an exceptionally cool, dry March--and very peaceful. After I took my photos (I also shot a roll of 35mm, one of 120, and a pack of instant in my Holga), I sat on the grass in the sun and ate some snacks I had brought for lunch. I could see my car from the church, so I didn't have to worry about it. I could have stayed all day.

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