Sailors take warning

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Published: 9/10/2019 12:52:33 PM

Wow. Thatis messy. Writ large. But you know what they say about a tidy desk. For now let’s concentrate on the colorful glass.

It’s not all that often that I start work before 6 a.m., but on my way into the Gazette on this late August morning, I spotted the steeple and clock of First Churches of Northampton silhouetted against a brilliantly colored dawn — colors that I can’t really even name but that you could almost see for yourself here. A person in the publishing world, with knowledge of this sort of thing, cautioned us that if we think of the world as a 64-color box of crayons, we, working with newsprint, have a palette of about eight to play with. But I think our press folks do pretty well with those.

I arrived at the office just a few minutes after taking that picture, and the sky had become even more saturated. Legend has it that before the Gazette moved from its Armory Street home, this building had been an A&P grocery store. In any case, we are fortunate to have inherited the bank of giant picture windows that face the northeast. When I brought the church image up on my screen, it was clear I had to take one more photo of both “picture” windows before the colors faded into that rainy day the sailors could have told us about.

Text and photo by Kevin Gutting

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