Bethlehem, PA

a view from outside

in 2014 my wife and I moved into the Lehigh Valley area of Pennsylvania. 

The reason we moved here was that we were struck by the prevalence of culture, both in the visual and the performing art.

This area has become our home and we've embraced it full heartily.

One thing I've noticed is that there are so many people who were born and raised in Bethlehem who have not moved from the area, even after the fall of Bethlehem Steel in 1998 and it's total bankruptcy in 2003.

This loyalty to an area is almost unheard of in todays transient society.

But with that comes blinders. A narrow vision of their community; sometimes it's faults, sometimes it's splendor.

My new photo project will be to look at Bethlehem with an outsiders eyes and see it for what it really is. The good, the bad and the beautiful.

This is a work in progress so check back often.

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