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Shenandoah National Park Sunrise

July 27th, 2016|

Why wake up at 4am to hike up a mountain? One of the things I love about being a photographer, and a hiker, is the challenge to find unique places to experience nature at its best. In Virginia's Shenandoah National Park that meant hiking up a mountain in the dark before the sun came up. On a beautiful afternoon my wife and I hiked up Hawksbill Mountain, the highest mountain in Shenandoah [...]

Yellow Dog Village

July 16th, 2016|

If this post doesn't make you cry I'm not doing my job Yellow Dog Village is an odd name for a town, but it is sort of an odd town. In the early 20th century when miners and mine owners battled each other over wages and working conditions, this town was a place of harmony between workers and management. Yellow Dog Village came into being because of an agreement between [...]

An Evening in Batsto Village

June 29th, 2016|

Batsto Village is a preserved historic iron works in the middle of the New Jersey Pinelands. In the 18th and early 19th centuries it was a major industry and even played an important roll in the American Revolution. I wanted to photograph a moonrise at Batsto Village, but right after arriving it became obvious that it wasn't going to work out. There were just too many trees and no place to get a good [...]

Old House Devastation

June 20th, 2016|

Abandoned homes are always the saddest of all because they were places where people and families lived. Every square inch of this place has a memory created by occupants of a home that is over 100 years old.

Rural Pennsylvania

June 13th, 2016|

Fun at the Berks County Photographic Conference I just returned home from my first time presenting at the Berks County Photographic Conference in Kutztown, Pennsylvania which was an awesome experience on many levels. It is always great to be able to share one's knowledge and experience with like-minded individuals. My presentations were on photographing abandoned buildings and iPhoneography. Also rewarding was getting to hear the other presenters and meeting so many interesting people, several [...]

A Seductive Light

May 25th, 2016|

Hiking the New Jersey Pinelands for Therapy and Art I had a knee injury from a bicycle accident a few months ago and have been walking as part of a physical therapy program. On a recent Saturday afternoon, I decided to do some therapy by hiking in the Franklin Parker Preserve, one of my favorite New Jersey Pinelands spots. It ended up being more of a spiritual therapy session than a physical one. I intended [...]

McNeal Mansion – Total Devastation Reprised

May 11th, 2016|

Visually Preserving an Un-preservable Local Treasure  I had posted photographs from this mansion earlier and was going to make it a series with several parts, Instead, I'm creating a new post with more information and photography.  The McNeal mansion was built around 1894 in Burlington, New Jersey as the dream house of a local industrialist named Andrew McNeal. It sits along the Delaware River next to his successful cast iron pipe [...]

A Barn For All Seasons (Almost)

April 26th, 2016|

Three out of four isn't bad, right? We all have our favorite places and this is one of mine. I pass this old barn almost every day and its elegant, simple utilitarian architecture calls to me. Recently, I photographed the barn in the early Spring and realized that I now have images of it in three of the four seasons. Summer is absent because the barn is almost totally obscured by the trees, vegetation [...]

PH-58 Nike Missile Site in Woolwich Township

April 14th, 2016|

Neighborhood Nukes in South Jersey In the rural Southern New Jersey community of Woolwich Township are the remains of another cold war relic, Nike Missile Battery PH-58. Unlike the Lumberton site, PH-23/25 from my previous post, when this site was decommissioned in 1974, it remained abandoned and was never repurposed. Now it stands as a dilapidated, overgrown memory of a time when our military needed to defend our major cities [...]

The McNeal Mansion Total Devastation

March 12th, 2016|

A Sad History That Goes From Glory To Gory. I have revised this blog post to provide more detail and photography, please click here to see it.  All of the photographs that were in this post are now on the new one. Doorway to Devastation by Richard Lewis 2016  

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