Photography Projects


Our projects focus on historic preservation, land conservation, 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 create awareness for human impact issues. Repeat photography involves photographing the same location over and over at scheduled times. Below are a few of the projects Erin Paul is currently working on.

 

Photo Projects, East Branch & Lincoln Railroad

East Branch & Lincoln Railroad

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] | [View photos].

 

Photo Projects, East Branch & Lincoln Railroad

Definition of Wilderness

This project is part of the East Branch & Lincoln Railroad project (above), and it focuses on creating awareness for how designated wilderness areas (in particular the Pemigewasset Wilderness) in New Hampshire are managed. Designated wildernesses area governed under the National Wilderness Preservation System and the Wilderness Act of 1964. And they have the highest level of protection for federal lands. It is important that outdoor enthusiasts understand that the six designated wilderness areas in the White Mountain National Forest are managed differently than the rest of the National Forest. One of the biggest misconceptions of designated wilderness areas is that trail work is not allowed in these areas. Trail work is done in these areas only it is minimal and done in a way, so it looks natural. [Read more] | [View photos].

 

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 settlements include; the Thornton Gore hill farming community, the village of Livermore, and the Redstone Granite Quarry. This 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; the Beebe River Railroad, the Gordon Pond Railroad, the Sawyer River Railroad, and the Swift River Railroad. [Read more].

 

Mt Tecumseh, New Hampshire

Human Impact, Mt Tecumseh

This documentary work focuses on Mt Tecumseh in the New Hampshire White Mountains. Up until 2011, this was a dormant mountain, but something changed, and there has been an array of issues. A few of the more concerning issues include poor trail stewardship practices, vandalism on the summit that could be damaging rare bird habitat, and an excessive amount of stonework on the Mt Tecumseh Trail. Since 2011, Erin Paul has been documenting Mt Tecumseh, and these photographs tell the story. And the information included with this work is based on leave no trace principles, low-impact trail building practices, and communications with Forest Service. However, in this new era of hiking, there are two point of views; Some hikers feel this type of impact to the environment is perfectly acceptable, while other hikers do not. [Read more].