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Faith Baptist Church. Wickipecko Road in Ocean Twp.

Faith Baptist Church. Wickapecko Road in Ocean Twp.  Paul Goldfinger photograph   ©   Nov.  2015


Adagio in E Major  by Mozart.  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.




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Pray here. By Paul Goldfinger ©

Pray here. Faith Baptist Church. Wickapecko Drive, Ocean, NJ.   By Paul Goldfinger © September  3, 2013. Click to enlarge.


By Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger

I frequently pass this church because Wickapecko Drive is a country road that provides an alternate scenic route coming back from Wegmans to the Grove. Just turn right off Sunset Avenue by the firehouse with Chief Wanamassa painted on the side (see below.)

Indians used to paddle their canoes around there. Sometimes they had to take a detour because of Township road work.

The Chief first met white men when the Ocean Township DPW began paving Sunset Avenue.  That historic work continues to this day.

Legend has it that Chief W. had a vision that told him to open a Wegmans nearby.  You can sometimes find him shopping there in the Kosher department for lox.

The Wickapecko Indians were Rutgers fans, and that is why they were called red men.  They would go to football games with no shirts, painting RU on their chests. They have been upset since the 18th century over Rutgers football misfortunes.

The church has a woodsy setting, and the light often twinkles on the front and sides as the massive trees cast all sorts of changing shadows.

I have photographed it many times, but this image, obtained in late afternoon, after making a carrot, dill, and celery run for Eileen who was working on a batch of chicken soup, is what I had been looking for.

I shot it this time both in color and black and white, but the latter, with a “vintage” tint, looks fine.

I have never actually seen anyone enter that church, but maybe I need to go there on a Sunday morning.


THE BLIND BOYS OF ALABAMA  From the Imus Ranch Record II

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Faith Baptist Church. Paul Goldfinger photograph. © November 21, 2015.

Faith Baptist Church. Ocean Township.   Paul Goldfinger photograph. © November 21, 2015.

By Paul Goldfinger, MD, Editor @ Blogfinger.net.

Ansel Adams, Georgia O’Keeffe and many other painters and photographers loved to go to Taos, New Mexico for one particular subject: the Rancho de Taos Church.

Andrew Wyeth painted about 1,000 studies of the farmhouse at Kuerner’s, his neighbor’s property in Pennsylvania.  Here is a link  we posted about that subject  Wyeth at Kuerners.  The Wyeth article continues to interest strangers  since many still visit BF to look at that piece.

Harry Callahan was famous for his nude photographs, but he photographed only one woman—–his  model and muse: wife Eleanor.

My point is that artists tend to revisit sites and subjects that fascinate and inspire them.

One place that often gets my attention is the Faith Baptist Church on Wickapecko Drive in Ocean Township near the A. Park border.  I drive by it almost daily, but for one year I did not photograph it because a Mercedes parked along the side of the church spoiled the inspiration.  But now it is very beautiful in autumn.  There is something moving  about that church, and I find it as inspirational in its own way as Chartres or Notre Dame.


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Faith Baptist Church. Wickipecko Road at border of Asbury and Ocean. Nov. 7, 2015. Faith Baptist Church series #3

Faith Baptist Church. Wickipecko Road at border of Asbury and Ocean. Nov. 7, 2015. Faith Baptist Church series #3. By Paul Goldfinger ©.  Click to enlarge.


MICHAEL GARRUTI   from the soundtrack of Life Is Beautiful

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I have photographed this church in Wanamassa during all seasons.  Paul Goldfinger. Blogfinger.net ©

I have photographed this church on Wickapecko Drive during all seasons. 10/13/16.   Paul Goldfinger. Blogfinger.net ©


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Wickapecko Road;  Ocean Township.  August, 2015.  Paul Goldfinger photo. © Blogfinger.net

Wickapecko Road; Ocean Township. August, 2015. Paul Goldfinger photo. © Blogfinger.net

The leafy entrance to this church is overgrown, and soon the word “Faith” will be also.

YO-YO MA     From the movie The Mission.     Composer is Ennio Morricone.   The piece is called “The Falls.”

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