I just finished a shoot for the beautiful Colonial Theatre in Keene New Hampshire. The goal was to document the great work that has been done in recent years to restore this classic venue to its former glory. The theatre opened as the cultural hub of Keene on January 29th , 1924. Early in its service the theatre hosted many live performances as well as movies, but it had fallen into disrepair as the years past. The theatre was saved from decay and destruction by a dedicated group of community members and with $2 million dollars raised from grants and donations the necessary infrastructure renovations have return the Colonial to its original gilded grandeur. It was an inspiring experience spending several hours recording both the grand landscape of the theatre and its endless detail, but the only true representation of the Colonial's spirit is when it is packed with people enjoying one of the many live shows that have returned to its historic stage.For more images check out my Flickr set at :
- Jeff Newcomer
- Spofford, New Hampshire, United States
- Jeff Newcomer has been a physician practicing in New Hampshire and Vermont for over 30 years. Over that time, as a member of the Conservation Commission in his home of Chesterfield New Hampshire, he has used his photography to promote the protection and appreciation of the town's wild lands. In recent years he has been transitioning his focus from medicine to photography, writing and teaching. Jeff enjoys photographing throughout New England, but has concentrated on the Monadnock Region and southern Vermont and has had a long term artistic relationship with Mount Monadnock. He is a featured artist in a number of local galleries and his work is often seen in regional print, web publications and in business installations throughout the country. For years Jeff has published a calendar celebrating the beauty of The New England country-side in all seasons. All of the proceeds from his New England Reflections Calendar have gone to support the Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program at the Cheshire Medical Center. Jeff has a strong commitment to sharing his excitement about the special beauty of our region and publishes a weekly blog about photography in New England.