Updating The Culture & History Portfolios

Culture & history of the White Mountains. Remnants of an abandoned cellar hole at Thornton Gore in Thornton, New Hampshire during the autumn months. Thornton Gore is the site of an old hill farming community that abandoned during the 19th century. Based on an 1860 historical map of Grafton County this is believed to have been the P.P. Merrill homestead.
Thornton Gore – White Mountains, New Hampshire
 

Culture & History Portfolios – Every year during the month of December most of my time is spent doing “behind the scenes” work. This work (such as keywording 1000 images in the last two days) is not that exciting, but I need to complete it before the end of the year. This time of year is also when I update the image galleries on my website with new images I shot during 2016.

I am currently in the process of updating my culture and history portfolios. These portfolios showcase my documentary work that focuses on historic preservation in the New Hampshire White Mountains. They are intended to create awareness for the importance of preserving our past. And also to show a side of the White Mountains not often seen.

A stoned lined dug well at an abandoned homestead along an old road off Tunnel Brook Road in Easton, New Hampshire. Based on an 1860 historical map of Grafton County this was the O. Brook homestead. Today, this well is still about 15 feet deep.
Tunnel Brook Road – Easton, New Hampshire
 

I will always love creating images that showcase the open ridges of the Presidential Range and Franconia Ridge. But for the last few years, I have been shooting in the remote regions of the White Mountains and along abandoned woods roads where the story of the White Mountains began so many years ago. And because of this I have an even greater appreciation for the settlers, trampers, and tourists that came before us.

Conway Scenic Railroad’s “Notch Train” crossing the Willey Brook Trestle along the old Maine Central Railroad in Hart's Location, New Hampshire during the autumn months. This trestle is within Crawford Notch State Park. And since 1995 the Conway Scenic Railroad, which provides passenger excursion trains has been using the track.
The Notch Train – Conway Scenic Railroad, Crawford Notch
 

For the most part, I won’t be shooting any more abandoned historic sites until the spring/summer of 2017. And this winter season will be spent shooting a few projects that I have in the works. You can view the portfolios that focus on the historical side of the White Mountains here.

And don't forget that my 2017 White Mountains New Hampshire calendar is still available. If you plan on purchasing a calendar, ordering this week will ensure you have it in time for Christmas.

Happy image making..


 

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Erin Paul is a professional photographer who specializes in environmental conservation and historic preservation photography in the New Hampshire White Mountains. His work is published worldwide, and credits include; Backpacker Magazine, Appalachian Trail Conservancy, the Appalachian Mountain Club, and The Wilderness Society.

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