Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Black and White Wednesday Week # 54

Sweet Shop Seating
Sweet Shop Seating

This is old-time America, fifty miles west of New York City. We call it God's Country.   New Jersey is also officially known as The Garden State, too, for good reason, although most folks only see it when passing through the ugly industrial sprawl from Newark Airport to other destinations.  There is so much more to New Jersey, my home state, than a corridor of transit on the miserable New Jersey Turnpike.  

Most would be surprised to know that New Jersey glories to the most affluent and secluded old wealth of the nation.  It's not Silicon Valley, which is new wealth, and not nearly as prestigious. This is Millicent Fenwick territory. There are more than a few first-tier prep schools here. And though I am not personally fond of riding with the hounds, I spent two years living among the hack set with the U.S. Equestrian Headquarters only a half mile away.

Once off the interstate, I've long known there were treasures to frame and record.  I've been in these parts since a teenager, but only now, as a photographer, do I embrace the by-gone days that are slowly fading from view.  A culture lost is a culture to mourn. 

This is my contribution to Black and White Wednesday, hosted this week by the very talented Lynne of Cafe Lynnylu, and presided over by Cinzia of Cindystar.


Simona said...

Very interesting, Susan. I guess I am as guilty as everybody else in not finding NJ particularly appealing, based on the view from the freeway. What you say about NJ reminds me a bit of a comment I have heard often regarding Milan, considered an industrial city and hence not worth a visit. The people I have convinced to change plan have always been grateful for it.

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

I love anything that is old-fashioned and I find old-America passionating... A wonderful click!



Lynne Daley said...

I'm sorry to say that the only view I have had of NJ was what you described as an not so beautiful view traveling from Newark to other environs. Thanks for enlightening me on its beauty and culture. And thanks for joining in on BWW #54.

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Malli said...

How interesting!! Most of New Jersey that I've seen is the "industrial part" you've described so well.... it's time for me to venture out to the scenic region.

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