Rich Lewis

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Making Art from Scrap Since 2016

2024-02-06T12:57:33-05:00February 6th, 2024|

There is no better place to master composition than a challenging environment. The best challenging environment I've worked in is the Airplane and Automotive Graveyard right here in the New Jersey Pine Barrens. Since 2016 it has been my pleasure to work with the owners of this unique location to let photography groups learn how to make art out of scrap.

Fall in the New Jersey Pine Barrens

2023-12-08T07:54:08-05:00December 8th, 2023|

Fall in the New Jersey Pine Barrens is the one time of year that the Pines become an amazing place to photograph. Fill will have many days with morning mist and the deciduous trees show off their bold reds, yellows and oranges as the season transition from the greens of summer to the muted colors of winter. 

The Catskill Mountains of New York

2023-09-24T11:53:26-04:00September 10th, 2023|

The 21st century Catskill Mountains are not the 19th century Catskill Mountains. When artists like Thomas Cole, Fredric Church, Asher Durant, Suzie Barstow and others set up their easels to paint, they saw a near wilderness with old growth forests. Those old trees are long gone and many of the small villages and hamlets along the Hudson River have grown into small cities. What's left of the wilderness is now well traversed by hikers and tourists.

The Eastern Sierras of California

2023-09-10T16:08:49-04:00August 4th, 2023|

The idea of photographing landscapes without the possibility of dramatic clouds presented a challenge. It was a creative problem that required a solution. This blog has the solutions I used on our trip to the Eastern Sierra Mountains.

Spring Color, Yes, Spring Color in the New Jersey Pine Barrens

2023-06-21T22:27:55-04:00June 20th, 2023|

Looks like Fall, but it's Not! The changing colors of the trees in the fall brings leaf peepers out all over the northeastern U.S. There is nothing like it, or is there? This spring in the New Jersey Pine Barrens we were treated to tree color that was almost equal to the fall. To call this leaf peeping really isn't correct. These [...]

Joshua Tree National Park

2023-03-07T11:22:24-05:00March 7th, 2023|

Joshua Tree National Park in California is very different from the New Jersey Pine Barrens where I do most of my work, but this desert landscape has been a favorite place for a long time. Its odd little Joshua Trees that aren't really trees, and those otherworldly rock formations irresistible.

Photographing the New Jersey Pine Barrens in 2022

2023-01-08T09:17:10-05:00January 8th, 2023|

When starting to photograph the Pine Barrens, it's easy to chase the sky colors showing our beautiful sunrises and sunsets. The light reflects in some of the 17 trillion gallons of water under the Pines that makes it to the surface in the form of bogs and lakes. As you get to know the Pine Barrens, you start to see the beauty of the shapes, forms and textures of the forest in differing light.

Storm Light Photography

2022-11-01T13:33:10-04:00November 1st, 2022|

What I got from the Hudson River School of landscape artists is an interest in photographing storm light with the goal of showing beauty in the awesome power of nature.

Fire in the Pine Barrens

2022-07-18T09:29:36-04:00July 18th, 2022|

The Blog Post That Isn't a Blog Post Not long ago there was a major wildfire in the New Jersey Pine Barrens. Pine Barrens forest fires are part of the ecology so there is do doubt that the Pines will recover, sort of. This wildfire was different. It was big, covering over 13,500 acres in some well travelled areas of the Pine [...]

The Pine Barrens By The Book

2021-12-30T10:19:14-05:00December 30th, 2021|

Photographing the New Jersey Pine Barrens For the last few years I've ended the year with a blog post that looks back on what I've done photographically in order to share some things that I have learned.  This year, one major accomplishment happened that doesn't have anything to do with specific photographs. It was the publication of my book called Photographing the [...]

Photographing an Abandoned Factory

2021-09-06T06:58:14-04:00September 6th, 2021|

Taking a Break from Photography with Photography Many professional photographers use personal projects to keep their love of photography and their creative voice alive. Personal projects allow you to do what you want instead of what a client needs. When I retired from commercial photography a few years ago I thought my work would be nothing but personal projects. While it is [...]

Seduced By Light

2021-05-05T10:04:09-04:00May 5th, 2021|

But Which Light? If I ever write an autobiography, it will be titled Seduced by the Light. Light, and its effect on the landscape, has fascinated me since I was a kid. Taking up photography has been a way to express that fascination. As landscape photographers we chase light and and tend to go for the cherished golden hour light of sunrise [...]

Snow in the Pine Barrens

2021-02-13T08:16:44-05:00February 13th, 2021|

Seeing the Familiar in a Different Way Before we get started, on Friday February 26, at 7pm, I'll be the featured presenter at the Pinelands Preservation Alliance's Lenses on the Pinelands online event. At the event I'll be presenting the the work of some of the amazing photographers who photograph the New Jersey Pinelands. Learn  more and register here. Snow in the [...]

Best Of 2020

2021-01-02T10:55:22-05:00January 2nd, 2021|

To say 2020 was an interesting year would be an understatement. The pandemic has changed the way we live. Fortunately it confined me to a place I really don't mind being confined it, the New Jersey Pine Barrens.