Surrounded by thin, leafless trees on a cold winter's day, the Presbyterian Church of New Providence sits in a quiet grove in New Jersey. The church's design, while largely simplistic, includes elements that give the building a mysterious, divine aura: its exterior is painted an immaculate white, and the left side of the building feature long, arched windows in the Gothic style. A belfry is also perched atop the central building surrounded by columns on its side, and also features arched windows peering into the tower. Towards the back of the church is an auxiliary building, probably for the priests and ministers. Leading to the buildings of the church is a thin, concrete sidewalk that gently weaves its way through the grass. The pathways toward them are prominently white, like the color of the posts and the mailbox on the right side of the photo. The building exerts an almost haunting presence, yet also an essence of the divine.
Built in 1737, the Presbyterian Church of New Providence became the center of religious worship in New Jersey. A famous incident called the "Divine Providence" occurred in the early days of the church when the balcony collapsed and landed on several people standing underneath. Miraculously, no one was injured, leading to the belief that God must have been protecting his faithful worshipers.
Photos of churches sometimes have a paradoxical effect on people. Since it is a sanctuary of religion, it gives the impression of safety, calmness, and serenity. The white paint of the structures especially in this photo adds innocence to it. However, it also gives the impression of sadness, the feeling of being lost and losing someone. Somehow, the leafless trees, make it a bit melancholic as if a life was ended abruptly.