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Huntingdon is a small town in Central Pennsylvania, about 35 miles south of the geographical center of the state. I spent a large part of my life there and for much of that time I was actively photographing, especially between 2002 and 2009 while I was working on my MFA. I spent countless hours prowling streets and alleys (mostly alleys) shooting pictures. Until I started constructing this site I had never inventoried those images - I used some as part of other projects but I really had no idea just how many images of Huntingdon I had.
There are a lot of them. They chronicle a town that is changing rapidly, like all small towns. Many of the places in these pictures look very different now and many of the buildings and things photographed are gone. My intention was not to document. I was working on my usual obsessions of light and shadow and playing with depictions of space but the documentary aspect is there nonetheless. Since I never know how to walk away from a good idea I decided to put them all here, mostly for people who live or have lived there.
There's no order to this. I have posted (and will continue to) as I come across them, as I have time. Sorry about that, but this isn't about an 'edit' and I simply do not have time anyway. I will try to provide as much information as I can about locations but I'm doing much of this by memory. I'll do my best.
Some of these images have been printed already. For the record, I print only on archival papers with archival inks, generally on 11" X 17" although there are also some 8" X 10"s. Existing 8" X 10" prints are available for $50 each. 11" X 17"s are $75. For most images, new prints could be made. New prints will be available (eventually) for $125 each - I am very picky about the quality of prints and it can be a time consuming process. Contact me if you are interested - with the page and image number.
However, I will try to ensure that as many as possible of the files posted here are posted at printable resolution - 240 or 300 dpi. They are sized around 5" X 7" to keep the file size down. Feel free to print as many as you like.
A final note about the names of the alleys. Until I started working on this and referring to Google Maps, I had no idea that the alleys had names. I'm guessing this is fairly recent (except for Susquehanna Avenue) and due to 911 requirements but I don't know. I certainly never heard them. In any event, I am using them because it's a lot simpler than constant descriptions like 'the alley between Mifflin and Moore'. If you're wondering about a location, check Google Maps.
Thanks for looking, please leave comments, notes on locations, any stories you might have, and enjoy.