Memorial Day

It’s Memorial Day today, the unofficial start of Summer in the US, and this is the war memorial in Law Park, Briarcliff Manor. has an interesting piece on the history of memorial day including this quote:

Cities and towns across the United States host Memorial Day parades each year, often incorporating military personnel and members of veterans’ organizations. Some of the largest parades take place in Chicago, New York and Washington, D.C.

Americans also observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries and memorials. Some people wear a red poppy in remembrance of those fallen in war—a tradition that began with a World War I poem. On a less somber note, many people take weekend trips or throw parties and barbecues on the holiday, perhaps because it unofficially marks the beginning of summer.

Memorial Day is more or less equivalent to Remembrance Day in the UK in that it remembers those who died in service. The US also has a second holiday: Veterans Day, which celebrates all who served (i.e. whether they died or not).

The memorial in Briarcliff commemorates the dead of World War I, World War II and the Vietnam War. In my walks around I often find that the Korean War is missing. I wonder why?

Taken with a Sony RX-100 M3.

Teatown PlantFest

We went with some friends to the Teatown Plantfest yesterday. Numerous vendors were selling plants and other craft related items. My wife came away with a few plants.

Teatown also has a number of rescued animals i.e. animals that have been badly injured to the extent that they would not be able to survive.

So we took a look at those too.

A pair of lesser horned owls. Just look at those eyes!

Turkey Vulture. They’re said to have an amazing sense of smell.

Black Vulture. These have only in recent years moved into the area. Apparently they don’t have such a great sense of smell so they follow the turkey vultures around.

A couple of red tailed hawks.

The always majestic Bald Eagle.

Taken with a Sony RX-100 M3.

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.