Personal Lomography

Pic of Flower Lomography

And then one day, I decided to take a look into a type of photography called Lomography. This method of photo capturing actually uses real film and “toy” camera. Holga cameras are popular for this type of photography.

The camera I am using comes with a flash which uses different colored filters and a variety of kaleidoscopic attachments. Lomography requires that the photographer have a sense of adventure and must be willing to let go of any professional technique to obtain the best outcome for the roll of film. Basically, if you want to get a better image, do everything your told never to do by any professional photographer.

Below is the link in orange to some of the recent photos I have taken with my “toy” camera.

LOMOGRAPHY LINK

 

By the Water – A duet of photography and writing.

photography by Jeremiah Williams of the Hurricane Wall in New Bedford MA.
Photo taken by Jeremiah Williams. In New Bedford, MA. On May 30th 2013.

What would it be like to live by the sea? Near water, it seems thoughts are clearer, and have a slower pace. Perhaps, there is a profound physiological reaction that caused from the nearness of water. It relaxes, it soothes, it even surrenders us. Water can create and destroy life. There are many robust and yet subtle properties that water contains.

The sea affects all the senses. Inside the ears, it presents a down-tempo rhythmic swish and swash. It is the heartbeat of mother nature herself. Through the eyes it provides a clear reflection of what is above it, or a beautifully textured, glistening, distortion of light. It keeps it from becoming dry and cracked and maintains the body’s natural balance of moisture. In a word, salty, tastes the sea.

Water can give life to all things that are near. People, plants and animals, will die without it. Although the rains spread it out, it only delivers a small fraction of the whole. To lift up all that massive weight would take an act of unbridled strength. We are all born in water. Water is necessary for all things to grow. Water quenches natures thirst to thrive and grow.

Water can take the lives of many. When a tornado, hurricane, twister or strong winds blow large bodies of water, it can eradicate life on huge areas of land. An earthquake may cause water to rise up hundreds of feet above sea level. A Tsunami has killed almost one-third of a million people in Indonesia in 2004. It is among the deadliest of forces which mother nature wields. Water will drown things that need air to survive.

When water is frozen is creates land masses that have made walkways. This is called an ice-bridge and supposedly enabled humans access to other continents, during the ice-age. Frozen water makes refreshing desserts. Some people like to skate over the frozen water. There exists a wonderful treat for children made mainly of frozen water. It is called a popsicle. Some believe it to travel from two continents over an ice-bridge. When water boils it removes bacteria and dirt. Water is used to make stew and soup and so many other meals too. Hot water can also scald the skin, making the skin sting for days on end.

Water gives life and takes it away. Water always coats everything it touches without ever missing a piece. With it’s unimaginable size and weight, is hard to imagine a force that can tame it. Water is beautiful and still terrifying. Yet ,there it sits. Perfectly adjusted to its surroundings and behaving like an obedient child, at least for right now.

The End.

Written by Jeremiah Williams to accompany a photograph taken by Jeremiah Williams. This photograph was taken by a hurricane bridge in New Bedford, MA. On the last day in May in 2013. While he was up to visit his Aunt and cousins in a home that was an integral piece of history within his family, and is now being sold due to economical reasons.

The Beauty of Great Gorge Captured by Jeremiah Williams

Great Gorge
Great Gorge Valley, Jim Thorpe, PA

This photograph captures the beauty of Great Gorge, a valley deep in the mountains in Jim Thorpe, PA. This picture was taken from the foot bridge on the walking trail. We had really lucked out that day. It was a beautiful outside and the wind seemed to warm our bones with every new attempt.

The town of Jim Thorpe, originally called Mauch Chunk, has a lot of history as well as beautiful sights to see. If you travel down Broadway, you will pass by many historic buildings of the which the architecture has been extremely well preserved. At the bottom of Broadway lies the once very active Central Railroad of New Jersey Station. This station was converted into a beautiful visitors center, and is open most of the week.

If you keep traveling up Broadway you will see the spectacular architecture of Addison Hutton, whom built the Lehigh Coal and Navigation Building sitting at the intersection of Broadway and Lehigh Avenue. If you keep climbing up Broadway you will come to one of my personal favorite places to see any musical performances, The Mauch Chunk Opera House.

Built in 1881, the Mauch Chunk Opera House is a smaller sized venue, which allows the audience to get up-close and personal with the performer of their choice. When you first walk into this ancient structure you immediately feel that you are being transported into a world that only existed one hundred and fifty years ago.

If that’s not enough for you there is also the best Whitewater Rafting and Adventure center appropriately named Jim Thorpe River Adventures. I went here a few years ago during a damn release. Looking back I would call it the most fun I had during the summer of 2010.

You can travel to Jim Thorpe very easily from the Poconos, by traveling west on Interstate 80 to the Blakeslee 115 exit, then follow that road south until you start to see beautiful landscape. Alternatively one can drive on 209 the whole way as well. Then  proceed down all the hills to the bottom most point. Then arrive at one of the most pristine and cutest towns I have seen in Pennsylvania within a reasonable distance from the Pocono mountains.

East Stroudsburg University – Outdoor Food Court

East Stroudsburg University
A picture from the outdoor area of the food-court facing towards Normal st. By Jeremiah Williams

Here is a photo I took of the outdoor Food-Court area. It was such a cloudy and rainy day that everything seemed to blend into the shot so well!!! I am not the best photographer in the Poconos, but I am certainly not the worst either. I hope you like it. Feel free to let me know what you think, leave a comment.

View From The Summit of Mt Tammany – Appalachian Trail

Mt Tammany SummitThis is a panoramic photograph of the view at the top of Mt Tammany located on the New Jersey Side of the Delaware Water Gap, and is one of my favorite trails to hike. This trail has a difficulty rating of a 7 out of 10, by the Parks Commission. The climb ascends 1200 feet over 2 miles which makes the incline fairly steep, and at times almost treacherous. Because I live so close, I have the distinct pleasure of hiking this trail at least once a month. The mountain has always been there for me to depend on, when I am having a tough week.

This photograph was captured with my iPhone 4G. It was then stitched together seamlessly with Photoshop. Basically, if you want to turn your 6 megapixel camera into a 36 megapixel camera, just take 6 shots with a digital camera that has a 6 megapixel sensor and let Photoshop combine them. Just make sure you slightly overlap your shots, in order  to aid Photoshop in deciding where you want to connect them.