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“Let the Lower Light Keep Burning”

“Let the Lower Light Keep Burning”
Photograph by Amy Toensing

Warmed by song and a kerosene heater, islanders and visitors attend a winter service at Monhegan Community Church. The nondenominational, Christian-based services are packed in summer. Winter services are held once a month by the Reverend Ted Hoskins of the Sea Coast Mission, who arrives on the island via a vessel known affectionately as “God’s tugboat.” Parishioners include Jews, Buddhists, atheists, even Four-Wheeler, the post office cat (second row, on woman’s lap), who rarely misses a service.



Camera: Leica M6
Film Type: Fujichrome Provia 100 ISO
Lens: 28mm
Speed and F-Stop: 1/60 @ f/4
Weather Conditions: Cold
Time of Day: Sunday morning
Lighting Techniques: Available light


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