Overpass Party

OverpassBack in the 1980s, I went to art school, and I along with all of the other illustration majors were required to take a minor course in photography. We had to shoot the photos as well as process the negatives and make the prints. I don’t recall what the particulars of the class assignments were although I can tell from looking at the negatives which were the assignments and which ones were shot just to finish off a roll. The shots to finish a roll are a lot more interesting. While my fellow students mostly resided and shot their photographs in the vibrant metropolis of Philadelphia, I lived and did most of my shooting in and around Westville, NJ.

I was walking along Gateway Boulevard in the fall of 1982 snapping off various shots when I guess the quality and direction of light on this overpass struck me as being worthy of a few frames of film.

Overpass PartyI walked around the overpass looking for an interesting angle for a photograph and came upon the remains of what looked to be a minor Oktoberfest. This looked to have been a popular party spot. I’m not sure if these were the bitter remains of an illicit, under-aged bacchanal or whether this was from thirsty folks leaving the nearby liquor store never managing to get those packages home.

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