Bethlehem Photo Trip

Back in November, Annette and I went with the Camera Club on an outing that took us to Bethlehem and Allentown, Pa.  It was a great day.

Our first stop in Bethlehem was the cemetery on the hill overlooking the town.  It was a sad place, not only because it was a cemetery, but for two more reasons:  1) Many of the tombstones were overturned by vandals and 2) it overlooks a dead relic of the living, thriving past.

Bethlehem and the steel mill from the cemetery.

Bethlehem and the steel mill from the cemetery.

We then all piled back in the van and made our way to the Allentown Art Museum. However, we were early.  They hadn’t quite opened yet.  So there we were in the parking lot just looking around and what did we see?  We saw mannequins in the third floor window of the Baum School of Art!  Hmmmm.  Those just might make interesting images!

So off trots our fearless leader (the president of the club, not me, just in case you were wondering!).  He goes over to the school and talks to the people and gets permission for us to photograph the mannequins!  So we all grab our camera gear and off we go!

The light on the dress forms was just wonderful, pouring in through the window and giving amazing side lighting!  Adrenaline was running through our veins and we all got excited trying to capture this light.

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After that, the photo display at the art museum was anticlimactic.  There was an entrance fee and there were only 19 photographs.  It was a little over $.50 per picture!

Fortunately, Annette was so fascinated by the light on the dummies dress forms, that she stayed there by herself while the rest of us went into the museum.  That saved one entry fee!

Then we headed back to venues in Bethlehem and saw exhibits of photography.  Very interesting.  Some we liked.  Some we didn’t.  Just goes to show that art, even in its photographic form, is subjective.

Next came the main event!  We went to the steel mill and took pictures from dusk until dark.

When we got there, the sun was still shining bright, but was getting close to the horizon, throwing long shadows.


It was fascinating to see the old buildings and imagine what type of activities were housed in each.

Then other questions come up…

Why are the doors red?

The building was inside of a security fence, so random people could not enter.  Which made me wonder: Why is one door open and one door closed?



After the sun went down and darkness fell, the lights were turned on.  I was told that they vary the color of the lights, but on this day the light looked a little like a black light.  The railings that were bright, safety yellow in the daylight, now glowed a wonderful, stand out, color!  Wow!  Taking pictures of this was fun!


Down the street about a half of a block, there was an interesting curb.  It was so geometric.  I had a blast taking pictures of it also!  Color or black and white, it didn’t matter.  The lines were so striking.  The lighting so varied.  It all worked!


But all good things must come to an end.  So eventually, we re-grouped and piled back in the van for the drive home.

It was a great day!