“Spuyten Duyvil, 1981” by Oren B. Helbok


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Digital print on aluminum

14″ high x 11″ wide

Buy now and pick up at the Gallery at the end of the show, beginning on the 20th of February.  Shipping cost will vary depending on distance; please contact us for a shipping estimate.

For our video about Oren’s pieces in the show, go to youtu.be/hsAZ9W5VZp8?t=859.

“For twenty-five years, beginning at the age of six, I used a series of cameras to take thousands of black & white photographs and a relative handful of color slides.  In 1997, with the birth of our first child, I put ‘serious photography’ aside, and over the next dozen years I shot a thousand rolls of color snapshots, mostly of our family.  In late 2009, I bought my first digital camera and returned to the photographic passion of that earlier quarter-century, chasing trains – predominately steam trains.  You can see examples of the last decade of my photography, and the writing that I have done to go alongside it, at WhereSteamLives.net.

“During the initial lockdown in the early spring of 2020, I wrote a few articles for publication in railfan-oriented magazines, and to illustrate them I went back to my old negatives and began photographing them: With a full-frame digital single-lens reflex camera (DSLR), I can get almost the resolution of a high-quality scanner, and much faster.  After nine months of intermittent work, I have just barely scratched the surface of the whole collection of images, but I have already found many things that I had no memory of – like buried treasure!  This photo dates from the late winter of 1981, during one of New York City’s biggest March snowstorms ever; my father and I got out of school and went down to the railroad in our neighborhood, next to the Hudson River, to take pictures of trains.  And I had the good sense, even at age 15, to make this photo of the men working to clear snow from the bridge spanning Spuyten Duyvil Creek that separates the Bronx from Manhattan.”