Gathering at the Princeton Battlefield

#WE35 is a global visual survey and creative research project conducted by explorers from around the world. The goal of #WE35 is to push your creative boundaries, share in each other’s artistic development, and forge friendships that will last a lifetime. All of this, using nothing more than a single 35mm lens.

Today is Memorial Day in the United States as we honour and remember those who gave their lives in service to our country.

Thank you to the dedicated men and women of the United States armed services and those who came before them and laid down their lives to protect the freedoms we enjoy each day.

Here's wishing you all a safe, happy and healthy Memorial Day.


This is my fifth blog post for the WE35 Research Project. Expedition May's assignment was to photograph a local gathering, celebration, or festival and tell its story using three images, all shot at a 35mm field of view (FOV). I used my AF-S DX Nikkor 18-55 f/3.5-5.6 VR lens, set the focal length to 24mm and taped it in place. On my Nikon D5100, that focal length has a FOV that approximates a 36mm full-frame lens.

Princeton Battlefield Park, Revolutionary Re-enactment
Saturday 27 May 2017 · Nikon D5100 · 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6

The three images are of a totem, a moment and a portrait. The totem is a photograph of an object of significance for the event. A creative goal of this project was to remove the barrier between the photographer and the subject. The Expedition hopes you get involved in the event by making a portrait of someone and not standing on the sidelines. The final part of the Expedition was to choose one moment that genuinely illustrates the event's spirit. I think I captured those images, plus a few more.

Civial War Trust Memorial Day Reenactment at Princeton Battlefield Park
Saturday 27 May 2017 · Nikon D5100 · 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6

Meg Martin and Jim Campi at the Civil War Trust and Jeff Griffith, one of the Creative Directors for the Civil War Trust, invited me to photograph the Spirit of Princeton Memorial Day Parade on Saturday, 27 May. I had plans for the day and initially declined but then decided that I would have more fun spending my morning in Princeton instead of at Target and Costco.

I got more than I expected.

Saturday 27 May 2017 · Nikon D5100 · 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6

The parade started at 10 am on the corner of Princeton Ave., and Nassau St. Parade marchers walked the length of Nassau Street south to Princeton Monument Hall on Stockton Street. The parade was a gathering of local organisations, including veterans, Princeton Cub Scout Pack 43, Princeton First Aid and Rescue, MacGregor Pipe Band, Colonial Musketeers, Veterans and Assorted Military Vehicles and many others. After a brief ceremony at the hall at 11 am, the Civil War Trust, the Second Pennsylvania Regiment of the Continental Line and the 43rd Regiment of Foot went over to Princeton Battlefield Park.

Saturday 27 May 2017 · Nikon D5100 · 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6

"[The Second Pennsylvania Regiment of the Continental Line and the 43rd Regiment of Foot]" (http://www.243regiment.com/index.html) is a non-profit educational organisation created in 1966 to accurately depict both sides of the struggle for America's independence. The group is involved in living history programs and historical interpretation of the Battle of Princeton.

The dedicated members of our growing and dynamic group strive to portray the men and women involved in the armies of the American Revolution with fidelity and to bring the past alive at historic sites, commemorations and battle reenactments throughout the region and beyond.

Civial War Trust Memorial Day Reenactment at Princeton Battlefield Park, Princeton, New Jersey
Saturday 27 May 2017 · Nikon D5100 · 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6

I had the opportunity to chat with members of the group. They were enthusiastic, and I could tell they took their work seriously.

Civial War Trust Memorial Day Reenactment at Princeton Battlefield Park, Princeton, New Jersey
Saturday 27 May 2017 · Nikon D5100 · 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6

The group performed a historical interpretation of the battle at Princeton Battlefield Park. The booming sound and smoke of rifles and cannons filled the air.

Civial War Trust Memorial Day Reenactment at Princeton Battlefield Park, Princeton, New Jersey
Saturday 27 May 2017 · Nikon D5100 · 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6

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Structure

The Tuesday Photo Challenge is a weekly theme-based challenge for photographers of all kinds to share both new and old photography. #fpj-photo-challenge

Weekends are the only time I have to complete the challenge. During the week I am busy at work and my daily commute and family matters give me very little time for photography in the morning and afternoon.

Today I had planned a trip to Sea Girt to photograph the lighthouse. However, after breakfast, I checked the weather and decided to do it another day. The air temperature was 0ºC. Brr.

Dirck Gulick House — Nikon D5100 + Nikon Tokina AT-X 116 PRO DX II 11-16mm F2.8 @ (15 mm, f/9.0, ISO100), Copyright 2017-03-05 Khürt L. Williams

After breakfast, I grabbed my Nikon D5100 and my Tokina 11-16 f/2.8 wide-angle and drove over to the Dirck Gulick House.

The Dirck Gulick House, also known just as the Gulick House, was built in 1752 and has been serving as the Society’s headquarters, library, archives, and research facility since 2004. The building conforms to the Dutch style of the 18th century in its story-and-a-half height, double room depth, and use of heavy timber running from the front to back walls. What is rare is its use of stone for building material. This building was added to the State and National Registers of Historic Places in late 2003 after the completion of major restoration.Van Harlingen Historical Society

Dirck Gulick House, Sign
Dirck Gulick House — Nikon D5100 + Nikon Tokina AT-X 116 PRO DX II 11-16mm F2.8 @ (15 mm, f/4.0, ISO100), Copyright 2017-03-05 Khürt L. Williams

The house is a Dutch-style stone structure made from stones from the Sourland Mountain Range. The one-story house has segmented arches of stone above the doors and windows, as well as two front entrances. I have no idea why anyone would build two doors to a home.

Dirck Gulick House — Nikon D5100 + Nikon Tokina AT-X 116 PRO DX II 11-16mm F2.8 @ (16 mm, f/10, ISO140), Copyright 2017-03-05 Khürt L. Williams
Dirck Gulick House — Nikon D5100 + Nikon Tokina AT-X 116 PRO DX II 11-16mm F2.8 @ (16 mm, f/4.0, ISO100), Copyright 2017-03-05 Khürt L. Williams
Dirck Gulick House — Nikon D5100 + Nikon Tokina AT-X 116 PRO DX II 11-16mm F2.8 @ (16 mm, f/4.0, ISO100), Copyright 2017-03-05 Khürt L. Williams
Dirck Gulick House — Nikon D5100 + Nikon Tokina AT-X 116 PRO DX II 11-16mm F2.8 @ (16 mm, f/11, ISO100), Copyright 2017-03-05 Khürt L. Williams

The house is located on Great Road (Route 601) in the Harlingen area of Belle Mead just south of the Gibraltar Rock quarry. The house is the site of a Harlingen Society Museum. The museum is no open on Sunday’s.

Montgomery was established in 1702 by Dutch and English Settlers and incorporated in the State of New Jersy in 1772. There are several hamlets within the Township: Belle Mead, Blawenburg, Dutchtown, Harlingen, Rocky Hill, Skillman and Zion.Montgomery Township web site

rock, flat,Dirck Gulick House, Structure
Dirck Gulick House — Nikon D5100 + Nikon Tokina AT-X 116 PRO DX II 11-16mm F2.8 @ (15 mm, f/4.0, ISO100), Copyright 2017-03-05 Khürt L. Williams

UPDATE: Pingback to some of my favourites from this week's entries.

  • Brick Structures in Wilmington, NC.
  • Some interesting tree root structures.

The Tuesday Photo Challenge is a weekly theme-based challenge for photographers of all kinds to share both new and old photography. This week's theme is structure.