•October 12, 2014 • 1 Comment
Up in central Pennsylvania in the small town of Orbisonia there is the headquarters of the East Broad Top Railroad and Coal Company. The railroad was originally chartered in 1856. Its primary purpose was to call coal from the mines on the east side of Broad Top Mountain as well as other freight and some passengers. The railroad stopped operation in 1956 and was sold for scrap. Thankfully, the new owner did not scrap the railroad and allowed it to sit in place and eventually the railroad was reactivate as a scenic excursion railroad. It’s been shut down since 2012 but there is a small group of dedicated volunteers of the Friends of East Broad Top continue to work to preserve and restore the East Broad Top Railroad. Follow the links to learn more about the railroad and the efforts to preserve it.
I recently had the opportunity to photograph in and around the roundhouse and maintenance shops and the site really is an historic treasure. Here are a few of my images from the day.
•October 9, 2014 • 3 Comments
Just received word that I have work selected to two juried exhibits.
First I received notification that two prints were selected in the 10th Biennial Guild Competition opening November 16 at the Parkersburg (WV) Art Center. The selected images are:
“A Sure Sign of Summer”
And this morning I received notification that
“Live Oaks #2 in Digital Infrared”
Was selected by Juror Frank Van Riper for “Focus”, the national juried photography exhibit opening November 1 at the Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center in Frederick, Maryland.
•September 22, 2014 • 1 Comment
After the sun went down I was still enjoying the peaceful scene as twilight descended on the bay off the end of the Crisfield Town Dock.
•September 19, 2014 • 1 Comment
One of the things I was looking for when I drove to Crisfield, Maryland a couple of weeks ago was a sunset over water. When I arrived Crisfield after my detour to Tilghman Island, the skies were still overcast. But as the late afternoon progressed, I could see enough movement in the clouds to give me hope. As I sat on the Town Dock, the sun finally broke through in the distance beyond Jane’s Island.
•September 13, 2014 • 2 Comments
Last week I took a quick trip to Crisfield, Maryland and Chincoteague, Virginia. Driving down on Tuesday and back on Thursday, I didn’t have a lot of time to explore but just enough to get a feel for the area. I will return for a longer stay.
During the drive down it was cloudy with a little drizzle here and there and for a short time, some fairly heavy rain. It was a very gray day as you can see from the “color” images below. But I didn’t mind.
Along the way I took a quick detour through St. Michaels and down to Tilghman Island. It wasn’t raining there but the skys were heavy.
The island is separated from the mainland by Knapp’s Narrows. A drawbridge connects the two sides. I caught a local waterman passing under the bridge.
•September 6, 2014 • Comments Off
Starting in the 1870s the New River Gorge was active coal producing region well into the middle of the 20th century. Supported by the railroad that ran along the river, more than 60 towns and mine complexes were perched on the cliffs on both sides of the New River. As the mines were played out, one by one of the mines closed and the people who lived in the towns moved on. Very little has survived as the mine structures and other buildings disintegrated and forests gradually reclaimed the land and most of the locations are not accessible.
One of the few coal mine remnants that are accessible in the New River Gorge is Nuttalburg. On my recent trip to southern West Virginia I found my way to the site to see what one of these actually looked like. Unfortunately, I neglected to grab a shot of the access road, which is not for the faint of heart! At one point the gravel two-track was so narrow that the bushes were rubbing the side of my car on both sides at the same time. And this is a two-way road! In any event I made it without mishap.
The site is maintained by the National Park Service and in recent years they have done some restoration and stabilization on the remaining structures. The mine ceased operation in 1958, which doesn’t seem like so long ago. But over the years since them, almost nothing is left of the town except for a few stone foundations and the massive chute that carried the coal from the mine headhouse to the tipple where the coal was loaded onto rail cars.
Here is what I found there.
All that remains of a large house.
Another foundation left from a house.
Remains of an identified stone structure.
The large chute carried the coal from the mine up above on the hill down to the stipple, where the coal was loaded onto rail cars.
The stipple as it is today.
Rail cars were brought underneath for loading.
The stipple and the chute has been partially restored and stabilized by the National Park Service.
Tracks through the facility are gradually being displaced by nature’s growth.
Remains of a long line of coke ovens.
Another view of the coke ovens
This is believed to be the remains of the company store, a fixture in many of the coal communities
Another view of the company store.
•September 1, 2014 • 1 Comment
Photographic Composition and Creative Vision
I am pleased to announce that I will be teaching a new workshop at the Berkeley Art Works in October.
The workshop is sponsored by the Berkeley Arts Council and will be held at the Berkeley Art Works, 116 North Queen Street in Martinsburg, WV. Pre-registration is required. Visit artworks.berkeleyartswv.org/workshops#pccv
Note: Second session is recommended but optional.
Saturday October 11, 12:30-4:30; 4 hrs
Composition and Creative Vision Part One
What is it that makes one picture of a particular subject ordinary while another image of the same subject is a work of art? This workshop will explore how composition, light and shadow, form and texture can work together to express something beyond merely recording a scene. The workshop will start with a discussion of the basic concepts of composition and then, through an analysis of some of my images, will demonstrate how those concepts are applied in practice from conceptualizing the image in the viewfinder to the final adjustments on the computer. Students who wish to move on to Part Two of the workshop will be given assignments to put the ideas and techniques into practice.
Saturday October 25, 1:30-4:30; 3 hrs)
Composition and Creative Vision Part Two
During the two week interval between part one and part two, Students will take their cameras out to practice the ideas and techniques discussed in Part One. They will bring in a selection of images for discussion and “gentle critique” during the second session.
Information for Students
Age: 16 yrs and up; Level of experience: beginner through intermediate.
Students are not required to have any specific equipment or computer capability but putting the concepts and techniques into practice requires a digital camera and a computer with at least basic image editing software. For those who need it, recommendations will be given for software to enable the various techniques.
Tuition: Parts 1 and 2 $90; Part 1 only $60 (Pre-Registration Required)
This workshop is offered by the Berkeley Arts Council and will be held at the Berkeley Art Works, 116 North Queen Street in Martinsburg, WV. Pre-registration is required. Visit artworks.berkeleyartswv.org/workshops#pccv