Photography Projects


Our projects focus on conservation, historic preservation, and creating awareness for environmental stewardship. And they range from documenting abandoned 1800s farm settlements in the New Hampshire White Mountains to using repeat photography to show the human impact that is being done to the environment. The goal of every project is to produce a unique series of photographs that create awareness for any given topic. Below are a few of the projects Erin Paul is currently working on.

 

Photo Projects, East Branch & Lincoln Railroad

East Branch & Lincoln Railroad Book

This book project focuses on the landscape of the East Branch & Lincoln Railroad in its current state. Built by the timber baron James E. Henry, this was a logging railroad in operation from 1893-1948 in the New Hampshire White Mountains. Much of the railroad was located in today's Pemigewasset Wilderness. Once known as Henry’s Woods, the 45,000-acres that make up the Pemigewasset Wilderness is a backcountry hikers paradise. Almost every trail in this wilderness designated area follows or utilizes sections of the East Branch & Lincoln Railroad. With the use of black and white photographs, and color photographs this book explores the history of the East Branch & Lincoln Railroad while showcasing the abandoned logging railroad as it looks today. This photo history book will be available in the summer of 2018. [Read more].

 

Abandoned Settlements, White Mountains

Abandoned Settlements

This is a long term documentary project that focuses on the abandoned villages, granite quarries, lost mountain settlements, and forgotten 19th century hill farming communities that are scattered throughout the New Hampshire White Mountains. Many of these communities were abandoned in the early 1900s. And today the cellar holes, graveyards, and stone walls that remain in the forest help tell the story of a long forgotten era. The intent of this project is to create awareness for historical preservation in the White Mountain National Forest. Example mountain settlements include; the Thornton Gore hill farming community, the logging village of Livermore, and the Redstone Granite Quarry. This photography project is currently on hold until the summer of 2018, but you are welcome to view what we have done so far. [Read more].

 

Abandoned Railroads, White Mountains

White Mountains Railroads

This documentary work is one of our personal ongoing projects that focuses on the abandoned 19th and 20th century logging railroads in the New Hampshire White Mountains. And the intent of this project is to photograph the various features (abandoned camps, trestles, railroad grade, etc.) of the railroad in their current state. The use of these photos helps to create awareness for the history surrounding this forgotten and mysterious era of the White Mountains. The East Branch & Lincoln Railroad is the primary focus, but over the years Erin Paul has photographed many of the railroads in the White Mountains. With the number of abandoned railroads in the region this project has no end date. Example railroads include; Beebe River Railroad, Gordon Pond Railroad, Sawyer River Railroad, and the Swift River Railroad. [Read more].

 

Mt Tecumseh, New Hampshire

Human Impact, New Hampshire

These photography projects focus on the numerous types of human impact in the New Hampshire White Mountains. With all the recreational opportunities available in the White Mountain National Forest the human impact on nature has increased significantly. But the impact goes far beyond trail erosion from increased hiker traffic and litter on the side of the highways. Year after year millions upon millions of outdoor enthusiasts visit the region looking to escape the grind of everyday life. And in this desire to find freedom in the hills of New Hampshire the impact being done to nature has worsened. While much of the human impact is unintentional, some of it is intentional, and the latter should be of concern to all outdoor enthusiasts. These photography projects educate and create awareness for human impact on nature. [Read more].