Doremus Avenue Revisited

David Plowden

I have always liked this beautiful (sic) silver gelatin print by David Plowden of Doremus Avenue, Newark, NJ.  It was taken in 1964 (this print from Yale, dates from 1993).  I worked on the avenue briefly in the 1990s, and it didn’t look quite this bad, but it was definitely no garden spot.  I was inspecting some chemical plants to see if they had adequate protection for the local waterways in case of a spill:  some of them looked like a set for the lab in an old Frankenstein movie.

In the distance in Plowden’s print, you can see the Pulaski Skyway.  Since I was planning to photograph that bridge today, I went to revisit Doremus.  Pretty spic and span industrial district, I’d say.

Doremus Revisited

Doremus Revisited Color 3


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