Mental Health Day At Duke Farms: The Weeping Angels
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Mental Health Day At Duke Farms: The Weeping Angels

It’s been an interesting spring ,out here, exploring the frontier. The temperatures have been up and down and the sunlight steady at times . During one of the nice days, which turned out to be an unexpected day off,one of my best friends agreed to share a mental health day with me. Our wives freed us and we decided to do a photo walk at duke farms in Hillsborough New Jersey. I was nursing a messed up knee ,so this was the perfect place to hobble around so that it did not get too stiff. On the beginning of our walk, we ran across the statues Daryl and I had to try and get some new images with them.

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“Don’t blink. Blink and you’re dead. They are fast. Faster than you can believe. Don’t turn your back. Don’t look away. And don’t blink. Good Luck.”

In the storied world of art, statutes have held an interesting place for me, especially old Greek works. The artists were trying to recreate the human form in stone, hoping it would last. Many of them did. If not in their original form, there were reproductions made by those who could not own the originals, yet wanted to admire them at their homes. There were a few people who could actually do this and I’m happy they did. It made it accessible to people like me.

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Duke farms, is filled with a large variety of classic statuary or as I like to call them , Weeping Angels, the predatory creatures from Doctor Who. They also provide some interesting photography fun. We were trying out on camera reflectors and working on our portrait photography techniques while talking about all manner of geeky things. (We should start a podcast). Statues are great to test portrait ideas on.

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Here are the frames from our trip to Duke Farms. They were made using A Nikon D750 with Nikkor 135mm f/2d and a Sony A7 with a  Laowa 15mm f/4 Macro and an on lens reflector.

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