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Last act of a robber baron. | by kern.justin
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Last act of a robber baron.

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In 1892, The University of Chicago was established by John D. Rockefeller under the watchful eye of William Rainey Harper. Prior to its opening, the university was originally to be a Baptist institution - "The Baptist Harvard." The school never officially had a religious affiliation, however. Instead it has acquired a number of theological seminaries, in addition to its own Divinity School, which take an academic approach to faith. I once overheard a tour guide refer to Rockefeller Chapel as the last act of a robber baron. I have to disagree - Rockefeller was no fool and the chapel is not an attempt at redemption. Though he profited from his business unlike any one else has since (or likely will) his name lives on primarily as a philanthropist - the founder of two universities and a continual force in scientific and cultural funding.

 

I took this photograph early one morning when the light outside was flat and boring. The only other soul in the church was a very nice older lady who was tidying up.

 

I should mention that this image is stitched together from four different images using panorama tools. I used a 16mm rectilinear fisheye - generating something close to a 180º view in all directions. When you do this kind of thing from a standard tripod and then line the images up you get something called parallax error (put your finger in front of your nose and look at it with only your left eye open, then with only your right eye open - see how it moves) and it adds up, so you need to take frames that overlap by about half the frame. (There are special tripod heads that overcome this error - and be looking to tWp in the future for the design and construction of just such a thing!)

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Taken on March 7, 2009