Monday, May 7, 2018

Winter into Spring: Black and White Landscape Photographs of Bucks County, Pennsylvania

“Our lives at times seem a study in contrast… love and hate, birth and death, right and wrong… everything seen in absolutes of black and white. Too often we are not aware that it is the shades of grey that add depth and meaning to the starkness of those extremes.”  -Ansel Adams 

As a teenager, I was inspired by Ansel Adams' iconic black and white photographs of the American West.  His work planted the seeds which have grown into a life-long love of photography. While the majority of my current images are in color, certain subjects and weather conditions seem to pull me in a monochromatic direction.  Between December 2017 and April 2018, some of these situations presented themselves.  I photographed our beautiful and historic Bucks County, Pennsylvania in falling snow, bitter cold (in which the Delaware River was frozen), and dense morning fog.  What follows are a series of Ansel Adams-inspired images taken during the past few months.

Patterson Farm in falling snow, Yardley, Pennsylvania (12/9/17).
Calhoun Street Bridge and the partially frozen Delaware River,
Morrisville, Pennsylvania (12/29/17). 
Statue of George Washington crossing the Delaware River, in falling snow, Washington Crossing, Pennsylvania (12/30/17).
Washington Crossing Bridge over the frozen Delaware River,
Washington Crossing, Pennsylvania (1/2/18).
Cuttalossa Road in snow, New Hope, Pennsylvania (1/7/18).
Lumberville-Raven Rock Bridge crossing the frozen
Delaware River,Lumberville, Pennsylvania (1/7/18).
New Hope and Ivyland Railroad, New Hope, Pennsylvania (1/7/18).
Lake Afton and the Old Library in fresh snow,
Yardley, Pennsylvania (1/17/18).
The Delaware River with gathering ice,
Yardley, Pennsylvania(1/20/18).
Patterson Farm in early morning light,
Yardley, Pennsylvania (2/27/18).
St. Andrew's Church reflected in Lake Afton in falling snow,
Yardley, Pennsylvania (3/21/18)
Fonthill Castle after an early April snow,
Doylestown, Pennsylvania (4/2/18).
The West Trenton Railroad Bridge in early morning fog,
crossing the Delaware River, Yardley, Pennsylvania (4/4/18).
Rusty "International Harvester" truck from the 1940s,
Point Pleasant, Pennsylvania (4/24/18).
Fence and trees in early morning fog,
New Hope, Pennsylvania (4/28/18).
The Delaware Canal and Towpath disappearing into the early
morning fog, Delaware Canal State Park, New Hope,
Pennsylvania (4/28/18).
The Delaware Canal, Towpath and footbridge in early
morning fog, Delaware Canal State Park, New Hope,
Pennsylvania (4/28/18).
Van Sandt Covered Bridge in early morning fog,
Solebury Township, Pennsylvania (4/28/18).

Friday, December 15, 2017

2017 Year in Review: Josh Friedman's Photographs

People fail to get along because they fear each other; they fear each other because they don't know each other; they don't know each other because they have not communicated with each other.”
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Photography is always a creative process in which I feel fully "in the moment" - whether I'm capturing the tranquil beauty of country road or the angles, lines and reflections in a modern skyscraper. I recognize that over the past year, photography has provided moments of respite from disturbing headlines and feeling of divisiveness in our country.  I hope that 2018 brings us a renewed sense of compassion, decency, respect, understanding and unity.

What follows are a few of my favorite or most meaningful photos from the past year.  Usually, once I post my annual "year in review," I question why I included some, and why I excluded others.  I suspect that this collection is no different.

Best wishes for the holiday season and new year.
One World Trade Center ("The Freedom Tower"), New York City.
Calhoun Street Bridge, Crossing the Delaware River
between West Trenton, New Jersey and Morrisville, Pennsylvania.
First Light on Bowman's Hill, behind the
Thompson-Neely Mill, 
New Hope, Pennsylvania
Cascadilla Gorge, Ithaca, New York.
The Old Library reflected in Lake Afton in Spring,
Yardley, Pennsylvania (Bucks County).
St. Louis Cathedral, New Orleans, Louisiana.
Delaware Canal State Park,
Upper Black Eddy, Pennsylvania (Bucks County).
"It Takes One Person: A Tribute to Rosa Parks,"
mural in West Philadelphia. 
Patterson Farm in Spring, Yardley, Pennsylvania (Bucks County).
  • "Wisdom" Statue, Rockefeller Center, New York City, NY.
Cuttalossa Farm, New Hope, Pennsylvania.
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Dixieland jazz performers on Royal Street. 
New Orleans, Louisiana.
The Delaware Canal and Towpath, Yardley, Pennsylvania. 
"Trenton Makes" Bridge at Dusk, West Trenton, New Jersey.
 Alcoa Corporate Center, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, near the Three Rivers Heritage Trail, in the City's North Side.
Sunflowers, Newtown, Pennsylvania.
Delaware Canal and Towpath, Yardley, Pennsylvania.
Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve, New Hope, Pennsylvania. 
Route 32, New Hope, Pennsylvania.
Delaware River in Yardley, Pennsylvania (Bucks County).
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania,
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
The Old Library reflected in Lake Afton,
Yardley, Pennsylvania.
Cira Centre, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Delaware Canal State Park, Bucks County, Pennsylvania.
Lake Afton, Yardley, Pennsylvania.
Abandoned Truck, Pipersville, Pennsylvania.
Cuttalossa Road, New Hope, Pennsylvania.
Delaware and Raritan Canal, Lambertville, New Jersey.
Patterson Farm, Yardley, Pennsylvania.
Tujague's and Balconies on Decatur Street, New Orleans, Louisiana.
Mahlon Taylor House, Washington Crossing
 Historic Park, Pennsylvania.