I accepted the invitation recently to photograph an event at a nearby church. I enjoyed spending the evening walking around snapping photos of people as they celebrated a birthday party for one of their oldest members. I always find it funny to watch people's reaction to the camera. You have those that seem to thrive in front of it, and others who just clam-up and don't know how to act when its pointed at them. Regardless, everyone seemed to have a great time.
In the mist of it all I was able to sneak outside behind the church building and snap off a few sunset photos through the trees.
I worked my way around to the front of the church and captured a few more photos.
This church, better known as Great Fork Baptist is not just any church. It's one of the oldest Baptist churches in the area. It was established in 1833 with 32 members. Great Fork is located in the small country town of Whaleyville, Virginia, on the back roads of the Virginia / North Carolina line. I've always had close ties to this church being that my grandparents were once members when they first moved to Virginia in the 1950s. They would occasionally bring me to services here when I was younger.
I'm not sure of it's membership total now, but it remains a proud symbol in this small town. Although Great Fork Baptist has been through several major renovations since the 18oos, it continues to maintain that quaint old country church style that was once a common scene throughout the area.