Archive for May 2016

Serendipity on The Allentown and Auburn

Sometimes things just work out. Call it luck, fate, good timing, or just maybe everything happens for a reason.

On a Sunday afternoon drive home from Altoona, I decided to break up the nearly five-hour long trip and head over to the Norfolk Southern Reading Line between Reading and Allentown and follow the tracks homeward. Maybe I would see something interesting or maybe not…. I didn’t have a plan, as I was on the home stretch from a good weekend shooting at the East Broad Top and Horseshoe Curve.

East of Hamburg, I decided to exit off I-78 and slowly make my way over to Lyons, PA situated on the Norfolk Southern line. Knowing that I just needed to head south to find the valley and eventually the tracks, I didn’t engage my GPS and took roads and turns that seemed interesting as I made my way. With plenty of train related images behind me, I was content just exploring and looking for subject matter in my other interests of old barns, bridges and industrial structures. I found a few places to stop and took my time as there was still plenty of light to work with and didn’t feel any pressure to find anything. Before I knew it, I was it Kutztown, the end of a former Reading branch line and the home of a beautifully restored depot. I spent about 15 minutes in town and then decided to follow the tracks towards Topton as I knew that’s where this branch connected with the former Reading mainline that NS now owns and operates.

Those Who Inspire Me – Kenneth Josephson

For me, one of the great joys in life is discovering a new source of creative inspiration.

As I have become more engaged in photography, I’m constantly broadening my photographic literacy and finding new images and photographers that I was previously unaware of. One of my resources for this information is the Lens blog of the New York Times which recently ran a post on a photographer, Kenneth Josephson, that I was unaware of and discovering his work has been a spark of inspiration.

Kenneth is a Chicago based photographer, who has had a long and interesting career, but stayed out of the lime-light and thus remained relatively unknown. The release of a major monograph of his work and a solo gallery show in New York have brought some well deserved attention to this trailblazing photographer.

During Kenneth’s career, he explored many visual concepts and ideas and was an early innovator in conceptual photography. Before anyone gets turned off by that term with its trendy high-brow and art-school associations, it plainly means photography with a concept behind it. His concepts are direct, visually interesting and have a hint of a wink to them. Many explore the medium’s constant struggle of truth and illusion and how our perceptions effect what we see. He looks at photography with the inquisitive mind of an explorer but with the eye of an artist. Like many artists, his style and work evolved over the years and there is much to be inspired from no matter what your photographic interest.