A Good Night's Rest
Photograph - Digital Photography
A Good Night's Rest by Jeff Burton captures the quaint setting of a hotel room in the Colony Hotel located in Bishop Hill Illinois. The light from the afternoon sun is all that illuminates the room and shines brightly across one of the beds. The bed mattresses are made of ropes strung between the slats of the bed frame and a chamber pot sits close by for the convenience of the room’s guest. A writing table provides an area for the weary traveler to write letters to their loved ones or to make notes in their journal. This image would be ideal in a living room, den or office exhibiting a classic, simple design style.
Bishop Hill was the site of a utopian religious community founded in 1846 by Swedish pietist Eric Janson (1808-1850) and his followers. Many consider the Jansonist emigration as the beginning of Swedish America. A number of historically significant buildings have survived and are scattered throughout the village, four of which are owned by the state and managed as part of the Bishop Hill State Historic Site. The Colony Church (1848) is a two-story frame building. The basement and first floor each contain ten rooms, once used as single-room apartments by Colony residents. The second floor contains the Jansonists' sanctuary, complete with original pews. The three-story stuccoed-brick Colony Hotel (1852-ca. 1860) served commercial travelers and provided a link to the outside world. The "Boys Dormitory" (ca. 1850) is a small two-story frame structure believed to have provided housing for boys making the transition to working adulthood. A Colony barn (mid-1850s) was relocated behind the Hotel to the site of the original Hotel stable.
Jeff Burton is a Peoria, IL based Fine Art Photographer, who seeks to capture moments that instill a sense of calm and wonderment with the world around us. His monochrome photography style emphasizes the often-overlooked rich texture and tones of his subjects.
April 23rd, 2013
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