Palmer Chapel

Palmer Chapel, North Carolina, 1994Palmer Chapel, Great Smoky Mountains National  Park, North Carolina, USA

Copyright 2013 O. Bisogno Scotti,  All Rights Reserved.

Palmer Chapel Methodist Church built in 1898 and named for Mary Anne Palmer who donated the land is located in Cataloochee Valley, Haywood County, North Carolina.

Knowing full well this church has been photographed millions of times before, I decided to take on the challenge of finding something different, something that fit my slightly askew vision of the world. I spent about an hour looking at the chapel, then walking around it. Changed lenses a few times from a 24mm to a 50mm. Finally, I saw what I wanted and planted my tripod. Nude, deciduous tree branches silhouetted against the bright sky striking the bell tower like black lightning from hell. The lens was not parallel to the ground so I knew the vertical lines of the church would converge making it look like the branches were about to rip the old chapel right off its foundation.

Nikon N6006 SLR AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D, filter: Nikon A2 exposure: f/16, 1/8 sec., ISO 64, exposure index: – 1/3, Mup mode, film: Kodak Kodachrome 64 Professional color transparency film, Manfrotto 3221 with Manfrotto 3265 pistol grip ball head,  Nikon MC-20 remote cable.

7 thoughts on “Palmer Chapel

    • Thanks Shannon! Since 1994, this image has existed only as a Kodachrome transparency stored away in a plastic film box. It has never seen the light of day, never been published, never been printed. But now there is blogging, and other social media. Life is just beginning for “Palmer Chapel”. She will spend the rest of her days as a fine art print!


  1. Such a humble and unpretentious church in such a beautiful and peaceful environment. I’m sure this land was special to Mary Anne Palmer. I doubt that she made this offering for personal glory. Nonetheless, it is a great testament to her that the land has been well tended and that this simple chapel has been so lovingly preserved for future generations. I have a feeling that she would appreciate that as well as your capture of this scene.

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