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Moon Over Lake Nockamixon

Thanks to everyone who came out to the Palisades Gallery for my show opening last night – what a great time!  I didn’t get a chance to talk with everyone because it was so well-attended, so if I missed you, please forgive me.   Send me a note and let’s catch up!

Special thanks to those who came from quite a distance – especially the Hofmann boys! – and to my good friend, Moe Telsichs, for the flowers.  

Hope you caught the full lunar eclipse on the way home – it was gorgeous.

Here’s the statement that accompanies the 24 images in my show:

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

Between 1982 and 1997, America converted over 25 million acres of rural land — primarily farmland, pastures and ranches — into subdivisions, malls, workplaces, roads, parking lots, et al. That’s about equal to the combined land mass of Maine and New Hampshire.

We’ve been developing 2 million acres of rural land per year for the last 20 years.

If the trend continues, America will develop an additional 85 million acres of countryside by 2050. That’s about equal to the combined land mass of Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, Delaware, Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey and Virginia.

WHAT DO WE GAIN AND WHAT DO WE LOSE?

We gain infrastructure, homes, roads, shops, schools, parking spaces, hotels, resorts and jobs.

We lose wetlands, woodlands, hundreds of species of plants and wildlife, clean water, the ability to grow our own food, and as recent studies have shown, our mental & physical health, and our sense of well-being.

I want my photographs to help Americans question the worth of our land above & beyond its monetary value.

How much is an open horizon worth to us?

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Show Postcard

Two weeks!  Yikes!  I can’t believe I’ve been away that long.

I took a break from writing to prepare for a show of my prints that opens Wednesday, February 20th (tomorrow!) from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the Palisades High School Gallery.   I’m very honored to participate in the ongoing “Community Art Series” organized by Cathy Beck and Kim DeNato, the school’s art teachers.

The show features 24 images all taken within the last 18 months. Most appear on my photoblog at www.durhamtownship.com.  Even if you’ve seen the images on the web, it’s quite a different experience to view them in print — the level of detail really brings them to life!

Hope you’ll stop by and say hello!  

Palisades High School Gallery

Route 412 & Church Hill Road

Kintnersville, Pennsylvania 18930

February 20 – April 2, 2008

Opening reception:  Wednesday, February 20, 2008, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. 

(Gathering afterwards at the Ferndale Inn, Route 611 & Church Hill Road, Ferndale, PA)

Closing party: Wednesday, April 2, 2008, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

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House on Applebutter Road Near Bethlehem 

Last weekend I learned that some folks in Durham Township are “scared to death” of my photoblog and my photography.  My first thought was:   Is my work that bad?  🙂 My second thought was: That might be a bit naive.

There’s a misperception that my lovely photos of Durham are going to bring busloads of house-hunters and developers from around the globe, resulting in exhausted water supplies, higher school & property taxes and the destruction of the area’s rural nature, among other evils.  

Perhaps these well-intentioned folks don’t understand that my worldwide influence simply isn’t that great.  (Maybe after my first appearance on Oprah, ha!)  My photoblog traffic is pretty good for a photoblog, but it’s a tiny fraction of overall internet traffic. And I’ve been running the site for five years and still don’t know anyone who moved to Durham because of it.  (I wonder how many people would uproot their entire lives because of photos they saw on the internet?) 

Perhaps these well-intentioned folks don’t understand that my intent is to protect rural areas from development by raising awareness of the natural beauty we have here in Bucks County and the Lehigh Valley.  I want to inspire folks to save the land, to support urban renewal, to vote for open space initiatives and to update their townships’ Comprehensive Plans so when (not if) development comes, it is well-managed and sustainable.

What do you think?

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Happy New Year and welcome!

I’ve maintained a photoblog at www.durhamtownship.com for the last five years.  I’ve loved every minute of it and now I’m starting a second blog to polish my writing skills.

I’ll write about my work and my life, my influences and inspirations, and offer opinions about art, film, photography, literature, music, politics, American life and whatever seems worth scribbling about.

Hope you’ll drop by often!  Please join the discussion by leaving a comment.

— Kathleen

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