A gentleman dressed in dark high-waisted trousers and a pinstriped blazer over a white collared shirt poses in the middle of the enchanting Cathedral Woods in Intervale, New Hampshire. He faces slightly towards the right with a stern expression on his face as he thoughtfully admires the tranquil beauty of the woods. Surrounding the man is an abundance of birch trees, which are basked in gentle sunlight that highlights their fine details and timeless appearance. A narrow dirt path runs down the center of the woods and appears to extend to no end in the vast sea of trees.
The Cathedral Woods used to be a favored destination among both tourists and locals alike since the tall birch trees provided a cool, pleasant spot to take a stroll during the summer and were all-around quite beautiful. Unfortunately, the woods have been torn down in favor of residential development due to the ideal location and space that the land possessed. It seems that developers had always had their eyes on the land, as accounts of such interest date back to as early as 1883. Yet while the woods have long-since disappeared, its sense of beauty, mystery, and intrigue are well-preserved in photographs such as this one.
From the collection of Fred Bodin of Gloucester, MA. Fred was a long time resident and well-known photographer of Gloucester and had one of the best private collections of New England nautical photographs in private hands. Fred was a photojournalist having graduated with this degree from Syracuse University and worked for Yankee Magazine. Fred passed away in 2016 and HIP purchased his collection from his estate.