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An Explorative Photography Experiment


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  • To our inspiration in life and our guide to the photographic endeavor, Dr. Edward Trayes....

  • ContributorsLeadership Team

    Nickee PlaksenCharlotte Jacobson

    DesignNickee PlaksenPatrick McPeak

    Marissa Nicole Pina

    ContentPhotojournalism 2012

    Content AdvisingChris Montgomery

    Copy EditingPatrick McPeakNickee Plaksen

    Charlotte JacobsonMarissa Pina

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    Marissa Pina & Kesley DubinskyTarrytown & Sleepy Hollow, NY 18

    Cara Anderson & Ian Van Kuyk

    Courtney Marabella

    Patrick McPeak



    Luzerne County, PA

    Milford, PA

    South Jersey, NJ

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  • Mike WojcikWashington, D.C.


    Indira Jimenez118 Wyoming Valley, PA

    Charlotte Jacobson & Nicole PlaksenAssateague Island & Chincoteague, VA

    Shanya KleinburgSaylorsburg, PA


    Danielle ParsonsAsbury Park, NJ



  • Alex UdowenkoBuena, NJ


    Abi ReimoldJim Thorpe, PA


    Kirsten GriffinAdamstown, PA


    Jacob Colon Falling Water, PA

    Milena CorredorJudith Point, RI



  • What is that feeling when youre driving away from people and they recede on the plain till you see their

    specks dispersing? - its the too-huge world vaulting us,

    and its goodbye. But we lean forward to the next crazy venture beneath the skies.

    -Jack Kerouac

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    Introduction A mission. Thrown out into the wind and pushed to foreign lands no one had ever been to before. A mission that became brutal struggle to grab as many photographs as possible and to come back only to jam the faint memories into a book destined to disappear on a shelf one day. Some say this would be insanity; a small group of students from North Philadelphia call this Photojournalism.

    From Judith Point, Rhode Island all the way down to Chincoteague, Virginia, 16 students embarked to 13 different places to discover the feel of each destination. Some covering several different towns, others really focusing on small towns in the mountains, the Road Trip project was a highlight of Photojournalism.

    Leaving on a cool Friday morning, the class set off to capture not only photographs but also the soul of small towns and overlooked monuments to industries of the past. The Ashley Coal breaker, Barnegat Lighthouse, Pendleton Mansion and many other relics that have stood the test of time for two millennia. Taking famous high ways and lesser known byways, all of the students managed to find their way and make it to their towns only to be thrown into different settings worlds away from our beloved Philadelphia campus.

    Returning with full cameras and completely devoid of any creative power, the students returned to create this book. This is our manifesto and our ninth symphony of the road. Composed of engines idling, the soft release of shutters and the quiet whispers of the wind. A sonata composed of our own photographic visions.

    The photographers of Photojournalism 2012 are proud to present a photo summary of the Road Trip Project.

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    Tarrytown & Sleepy Hollow, NYMarissa Pina & Kelsey Dubinsky

    The quiet small towns of Sleepy Hollow and Tarrytown, New York rest along the Hudson River. Both towns hold deep history in regard to architecture, wealth, and legends. Each town shares a natural beauty that varies from historical manors to the small lighthouse on the Hudson. The two towns were merged but then split in 1997, leaving Sleepy Hollow with one important legend, which perhaps shaped the neighboring towns into what they are today. Washington Irving, the author of the Legend of Sleepy Hollow, is considered to be one of the most iconic names of the area. Irving resided in Tarrytown, and wrote his story of

    the town of Sleepy Hollow. During the fall, both towns transform into the legend itself, with Halloween decorations on every street corner, and an extreme amount of Halloween attractions. Each year Tarrytown holds a Fall Festival in the local park where families can come together for a farmers market, live music, free crafts and scarecrow making. The famous Lyndhurst Mansion offers a spooky tour, and also the Scarecrow Invasion, where local groups come together to decorated hundreds of scarecrows in the field adjacent to the mansion. The town of Sleepy Hollow lives up to

    its spooky legend by holding attractions such as the Horsemans Hollow. Which is an attraction that is meant to scare guests as they venture around the Philipsburg Manor. The guests are warned to watch out for witches, zombies and sometimes even the legend himself, the Headless Horseman. Sleepy Hollow also offers kerosene lantern-lit tours of its famous cemetery, that allows visitors to see where people such as Washington Irving, and Andrew Carnegie are buried.

    -Marissa & Kelsey

  • The holding room at the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery is dimly lit by the kerosene lantern during the guided tour on October 12, 2012.


  • The Headless Horseman terrorizes tourists and locals outside the Horsemans Hollow in Sleepy Hollow, NY on October 13, 2012.


  • A gravestone peacefully sits away from the others in the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery on a cold October night.


  • A scarecrow is decorated to resemble a Rastafarian as a part of the annual Scarecrow Invasion in Tarrytown, New York. The Invasion is an event that takes place each year, where local schools and organizations decorate hundreds of scarecrows.


  • During a fall festival on October 13, 2012, at Patriots Park in Tarrytown, NY a group of Capoeira dancers gave a free performance.


  • A mysterious doorway is embedded into a hill at the Stone Barns in Sleepy Hollow, NY on October 13, 2012.


  • Fischer Moss, of Tarrytown, NY, enjoys a sunny day during the Fall Festival in Tarrytown on October 13,2012.


  • Clouds roll above the historical site of the historical Lyndhurst Mansion on a calm October day in Tarrytown, NY.


  • Philipsburg Manor is a historic site that was settled by Anglo-Dutch settlers for farming and milling in Sleepy Hollow, NY.


  • Lanterns lit the pathway of the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery during one of the famous cemeterys tour on October 12, 2012.


  • A monument in the Sleepy Hollow cemetery is eerily deteriorating; the original monument was constructed in white marble.


  • Fischer Moss, age 2, enjoys an apple and free crafts at Patriots Park on October 13, 2012.


  • What youve done becomes the judge of what youre

    going to do - especially in other peoples minds. When youre traveling, you are what you are right there and then. People dont have your past to hold against you. No yesterdays on the road.

    -William Least Heat Moon

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    Luzerne County, PennsylvaniaCara Anderson & Ian Van Kuyk

    Luzerne County, also known as The Coal Region, lies in Northeastern Pennsylvania. The area is located in the northern anthracite area and was once a coal mining hot spot. The county is a mountainous and rugged region juxtaposed next to coal ruins and quaint communities. The fall of the coal enterprises caused a drastic change in the culture of the region. Floods and disasters forced the inhabitants of the area to abandon their homes and relocate. Scattered in Luzerne County are pockets of eerie coal communities and skeletal remains of mining facilities. Hidden

    ruins of the once thriving coal industry stand as vandalized relics to the past. A reminder of what once existed of the coal industry lingers alongside the populated areas of the county. The Ashley Coal Breaker, Concrete City, the Avondale Coal Mine remains, and the Hollenbeck Cemetery lay tucked into the mountainous region along with memories of the once prosperous coal county. Many families affected by the unfortunate events that occurred stay rooted in the county. Memories of disaster hang over the county. While the misfortune of the coal industry has had lasting affects on the

    people of Luzerne County, their spirits are not broken. The culture instilled in the small town communities of the area is tight knit, unpolished, and intriguing. Ashley, Nanticoke, Plymouth, and Wilkes-Barre are portals to the past of Luzerne County. The vandalized remnants of coal facilities and communities starkly contrast the luscious surrounding landscape in a breathtaking fashion. The economic and cultural evolution of Luzerne County has been molded by the coal industry.


  • The graffiti covered abandoned homes of Concrete City on October 6th, 2012


  • The remains of a floral velvet couch hide under a bridge in Plymouth, Pennsylvania.


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  • A view of the rubble inside a Concrete City home.


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  • Looking up at the Ashley Coal Breaker.


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  • A velvety mushroom, resting in the Hollenback Cemetary on October 7th, 2012.


  • Amongst the vandalized and destroyed rubble of Concrete City rests a patch of purple flowers.


  • Amongst the vandalized and destroyed rubble of Concrete City rests a patch of purple flowers.


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  • Wilkes-Barre glimmering at night.


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  • We are torn between nostalgia for the familiar

    and an