The more I travel, the more I realize how many cool things can be found without going far away. So I’m back in Ulster County, New York, my emotional home, and former physical home. I plan to spend more time here in the coming year, exploring lots of places that I have never checked out before. I’m posting this right about a week after I got here, and so far I’ve photographed mostly familiar sites but am motivated to start finding new ones. Here is what I’ve done so far…
Here are 2 photos I grabbed right before I left Ulster County…not to come back until late in 2014.
Not only did I not appreciate the beauty of the Catskill Mountains and Shawangunk Mountains when I was a kid, but I didn’t even understand the difference until a couple of years ago. I find them more and more beautiful the more I see them. Ulster County is definitely a special place. But, that said, it’s also time to move on for a while.
As per usual, while in the Hudson Valley, I’ve shot plenty of photos recently while either specifically exploring the area, or just noticing things during my daily life and while running my errands and doing my business. Here are some.
I love figuring out the different municipalities, hamlets, neighborhoods, etc in Ulster County, but it’s just really hard. I think all of these shots are basically Kingston, but sometimes I’m not too sure.
Abandonment is a popular genre of photography right now, and I do not want to be known as someone who focuses on abandonment, but there’s something intriguing about occasionally checking out a place that’s been clearly been left to let the earth reclaim it. It particularly is interesting when you see things like clothing and eyeglasses, which really humanize the place.
Saint Peter’s holds a special place in my memories of childhood. I went to the school for 9 years, and was actively involved in the church, with my family. The school closed for daily use in 2001, but is still used for some purposes. I had the pleasure of being given access to the church and school to photograph it, and it brought back lots of nice memories, including the great sense of community that I found there as a child.
Sometimes, you just end up in Liberty, New York when you start driving for fun and to take photos. Right? Here are some shots from Sullivan County and the corner of Ulster County…it used to be a huge summer time destination, but really isn’t so much any longer. It’s going to be interesting to see what comes of this area. They’re trying to get some casinos in there…who knows.