Stained Glass Art

Tiffany window, Wade Chapel, Lakeview Cemetery, Cleveland, OH

There are a number of subjects that I photograph whenever I come upon them and stained glass windows are one of them.  They can be quite simple or very complex, but I’ve never seen one that is not beautiful in it’s own way.  This window, made by Louis Comfort Tiffany is called “Quest for Spiritual Fulfillment” and is located in the Wade Chapel at Cleveland’s famous Lakeview Cemetery.  It’s very unusual in that the glass has an “opalescent and iridescent quality” made “by exposing it to chemicals and fumes of molten metals during the glassblowing process.” (Lakeview Cemetery Trail Guide)

Stained glass window, Glendale Cemetery, Akron, OH

This second window was found in the chapel at Glendale Cemetery in Akron, OH.  It commemorates America’s Centennial Celebration in 1876.  The 3 panels denote the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812 and the Civil War.  The deep vibrant colors are spectacular.

Stained glass window #2, Glendale Cemetery, Akron, OH

This third window, also located at Akron’s Glendale Cemetery is a tribute to the memory of Civil War Union Officer, Lewis P. Buckley.  He is pictured in the center panel and the left and right panels document milestones in his life and the battles of the Civil War in which he fought.

Wherever they are found, these stained glass windows attract my eye and my camera lens.

About Kolman Rosenberg

My interest in photography began as a college newspaper and yearbook photographer during the stormy 1960s and 1970s. I was influenced by many of the great photojournalists and documentary photographers such as W. Eugene Smith, Walker Evans, Dorothea Lange, Gordon Parks, Margaret Bourke-White and other black and white photographers of Life Magazine and the earlier Farm Security Administration. Though many of these photographers documented the horrors of war and the plight of poverty, they also showed me the dignity and adaptability of human beings in their desire to prevail.
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4 Responses to Stained Glass Art

  1. Barb Cerrito says:

    Stunning shots Kolman! I just love stained glass. Thanks for the education on Glendale Cemetery I never knew that it was there and with beautiful stained glass windows too!

  2. Joe Polevoi says:

    Very nice stained glass photos. They convey the dignity of those creations. I was very aware of the cemetery. My high school (West High) was located next to it. Many spooky scenes to see out of our classroom windows during bad weather..

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