Metro North: A Commuter’s Story by Ocean Morisset

I became aware of Ocean Morisset through the Hudson Valley in Pictures Facebook group to which we both contribute – he frequently; me less so. He’s passionate about Peekskill (where he lives) and is an active member of the community.

So when I read somewhere (I don’t remember where) that there was an exhibition of his photographs at the Jefferson Valley Mall I decided to go and take a look.

An information board provides basic information about the exhibition and Ocean himself:

Ocean Morisset is a self-taught photographer specializing in Photojournalism and Documentary photography. A self described “humanitarian with a camera”, Ocean also explores Fine Art photography and engages with a wide range of subjects in life, though his passion remains in telling stories with images. Ocean’s choice of subject reveals his humanitarianism, as he has a keen eye for the unnoticed and under-appreciated aspects of life, and presents them in a way that the view takes hold of the image for their own self reflection.

One of Ocean’s projects on view here is from an ongoing series of Metro-North train commuters where he takes a candid approach to photography, capturing authentic moments as they unfold on the train. These moments turn what would be an otherwise “mundane” commute into an adventure in seeing and capturing images that tell the story of the everyday commuter.

Ocean Morisset is a widely exhibited photographer and currently resides in Peekskill, New York. You can view more of Ocean’s work at the following:
@oceanstide (Instagram)

Only a small number (10) of photographs are presented (a couple of examples below).

I must say that this is not my favorite photographic genre and apart from a couple I didn’t really like the photographs all that much – but that’s probably just me (I rarely take pictures of people for a variety of reasons, which I explain in People Pictures).

However, I also took a look at his website and I encourage you to do so too. Some very interesting stuff there. I was particularly impressed by the still lifes (a genre I’m thinking of getting into), which I think are absolutely wonderful.

Souvenirs from our industrial past

Yesterday we went to see some photographs made by my wife’s friend. They were on show at a local fitness club (Club Fit, Jefferson Valley), which my wife frequents. The show was entitled “Souvenirs from our industrial past and was described as follows:

January 2019
Photography by Nancy Faulds

Souvenirs from our industrial past.

Most of the images in this show were taken on excursions with Abandoned America, a photography group dedicated to the exploration and preservation of spaces that have outlived their former usefulness and have not yet developed their future potential.

The Scranton Lace factory in Scranton PA was in business from 1987 to 2002, and at one time employed 1,400 people. Sadly, when business decisions led to the closure of the plant, the announcement occurred in the middle of a shift; the workers left so abruptly that there is still lace product visible in the loom. Over the years that this huge structure sat empty, it became a sitting target for vandals and scrappers. The metal roof drains were stolen, leading to advanced decomposition as the roof could not keep out the rainwater.

The Klots Throwing Company in Lanaconing MD was a silk mill that opened in 1902, a torn calendar on the wall has the end date of 1957. Much of the equipment is still in place. The mill workers were mostly women, for the most part the wives and daughters of coal miners. Raw silk was imported from China and Japan to be spun. The market for silk was severely affected by the availability of rayon. This is another huge building that has been affected by rainwater damage through holes in the roof.

Lansdowne Theater, Lansdowne PA. was built in 1927 and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1986. This Spanish Revival interior is a little different than the factories since although the signs of neglect are clearly visible, it has been purchased and is in the early stages of undergoing renovation. It is quite unusual to get into one of these spaces and find that the electricity is connected and the lights, while rough, are working.

The photographs were wonderful: moody pictures of abandoned buildings full of atmosphere.

Hudson Valley Hot-Air Balloon Festival – Overview

Back in July 2018 we went to the Hudson Valley Hot-Air Balloon Festival at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds in Rhinebeck, NY.

The festival’s website describes it as follows:

The Hudson Valley Hot-Air Balloon Festival is in its 28th year of hosting balloonists and vendors from all over the country. The festival’s history has evolved into a Hudson Valley tradition and has grown into a full weekend of activities, drawing tens thousands of visitors from all over the world. Some of the festival favorites are the evening Majestic Hot-Air Balloon Illumination Moon Glow, tether rides, and rides in the hot-air balloons throughout the weekend! In addition to 100 balloon launches scheduled annually, we offer helicopter rides, hayrides, games, live music, adult and children’s activities and so much more


It was a nice day, if a little windy, which turned out to be a bit of a problem since the balloon’s can’t launch if the wind is too high. Also we failed to understand that the balloon’s launched only twice during the day: very early (which we were too late for) and early evening, which meant that we had to wait around for about 5-6 hours (not a very attractive proposition since there wasn’t enough going on to keep us interested for time we would have to wait).

For a while it looked as if the balloon’s in the picture above would be the only ones that we would see. It turned out that this wasn’t the case but more on that below.

Taken with a Sony A77M2 and Tamron A18 AF 18-250mm f3.5-6.3.