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The Project

On January 3, 2003, I began this photoblog to visually document the residents, visitors, plants, animals, architecture, landscapes and farm life of Durham Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania (where I live), and nearby areas in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Unless otherwise noted, all photos are taken within a ten-mile radius of my home. (I occasionally post photos from business trips and vacations to Philadelphia, New York City, the Atlantic coast, etc.)

This project is my ongoing attempt to become a better photographer, artist and writer. Some photographs work, some don't -- you're witnessing a permanent work-in-progress! I hope to emotionally and intellectually convey the intricacies and joys of rural living and the critical importance of farmland, open space and uncluttered horizons to our wildlife, our watersheds, our food supply, our health and our sense of well-being.

New photos are posted several times a month and are described in the "Photo Info & Viewer Comments" section underneath the photographs. Previous photos are available in the Archives

** 2017 UPDATE: Haven't posted any new material in awhile due to taking a job with Penn State for the last few years -- however, stay tuned! I intend to resurrect this photoblog in 2018. For now you can follow me on Instagram where I shoot only with my phone!

Thank you for visiting Durham Township!

--Kathleen Connally

Camera Equipment

2009-2017 - Canon 5D Mark II with the following lenses: Canon 50mm f/1.2L Canon 17-40mm f/4L; Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L; Canon 85mm f/1.2L; Canon 180mm f/3.5L Macro; Canon 70-200 f/2.8L IS.

2006-2008 -- Canon 5D

2004-2005 -- Nikon D100

2003 -- Canon Powershot (My first digital camera!)

Camera Settings & Post-Processing

My digital photography has evolved over the years. I've gone from wild post-processing experimentation with Photoshop (which was fun at the beginning, I admit) toward a distaste for post-work beyond the same basic darkroom adjustments I used when I shot film ... and worked in an actual darkroom.

With digital photo "perfection" available to anyone with a computer, I prefer the more traditional challenge of relying upon and improving my photographic skills versus post- processing skills. My goal is to put the cameras and lenses to work to take very real, thoughtful, interesting, thought-provoking and sometimes beautiful photographic documents, and to spend less than two minutes post-processing any single image. I prefer to create behind the lens, not with a computer. More importantly, there's no way to improve on real life, smudges and all.

I shoot in RAW+JPEG format, always in manual mode, and use Photoshop CS4 to increase/decrease contrast with the Curves Adjustment tool. Unless noted, all cropping is done in-camera. Detailed EXIF and other photograph information can be found in the "Photo Info & Viewer Comments" section near the bottom right of each photo.

Photoblog Software/Content Management System

This site currently uses Movable Type version 3.34. It was custom-designed and hand-coded by myself and other designers. I've customized it to the point where I can no longer upgrade the software, so I'm at an impasse right now with switching things up. I'll be moving to a WordPress site someday!

Contact Information

I value your thoughts, opinions and questions. Leave a comment on an individual photo or send an email:

info @ durhamtownship dot com

Regular mail: Kathleen Connally * PO Box 231 * Durham, PA 18039-0231 * USA

Please join me on Twitter, Facebook, Flickr and Instagram!

Shows, Exhibitions, Lectures

** This list is woefully out of date; hopefully I'll get around to updating it soon.**

Date TBA - Solo Exhibition - "Never Forget" - location TBA.

2008 through 2010 - Artist-in-Residence, James A. Michener Art Museum, Doylestown, PA.

April 2009 - Spring Green Project, 3-Day Digital Landscape Photography Workshop, Siena College, Albany, NY.

February 2009 - Lecture/presentations for the Delaware Photographic Society.

February 2008 - May 2008, Solo Exhibition - Palisades Gallery, Kintnersville, PA.

July 2006 - September 2006, Solo Exhibition - "The Value of the Land" - Gallery 14, Hopewell, NJ.

June 2006 - January 2007, Solo Exhibition - Pennsylvania Chamber of Business & Industry, Harrisburg, PA.

June 2006, People's Choice Award winner, Phillips Mill Photographic Exhibition, New Hope, PA.

October 2005 - April 2006, Solo Exhibition, Indian Rock Inn, Upper Black Eddy, PA.

Interviews, Press, Awards

December 2010: Best American Photoblog of 2010 Finalist

April 2010: Ajit Anthony Prem wins Best Cinematography Award at the Kent Film Festival for A Walkthru with Kathleen Connally

January 2010: Jeff Meyer's review in UK publication Amateur Photographer

November 2009: A Walkthru with Kathleen Connally, a documentary film by Ajit Anthony Prem

September 2009: Bucks Living Magazine, Arts & Culture interview Eyes of Bucks by Dava Guerin

September 2009: Origo slideshow

June 2009: PetaPixel interview

January 2009: Photoblog of the Year Award

January 2008: Best American Photoblog Award

January 2008: 2008 Bucks & Hunterdon Area Guide Book - 4-page feature article by Kathryn Finegan Clark

November 2007: VFXY Pick

November/December 2007: Pennsylvania Magazine - 10 pages of photos and cover.

May 2007: Yahoo Picks

April 2007: Best American Photoblog Award

January 2007: Soup Questions interview

January 2007: Best American Photoblog Award

November 2006: Weblog Awards Finalist, Best Photo Blog

August 2006: Bending Light Magazine interview

July 2006: NJ Star-Ledger review of Gallery 14 Show

July 2006: Time Off Magazine interview

July 2006: Upstage Magazine article

May 2006: 2006 Photobloggies - Finalist, "Best American Photoblog" "Best Landscape Photography" "Photoblog of the Year"

May 2006: The Baltimore Sun "Bloggernaut" interview

April 2006: The Morning Call "Bloggernaut" interview

February 2006: 2006 Bloggie Awards Nomination, "Best Photography of a Weblog"

January 2006: The Daily Shooter interview

November 2005: 2005 Weblog Awards Finalist, "Best Photo Blog"

September 2005: Courier News interview

September 2005: Delaware Valley News article

August 2005: interview

Summer 2005: Camera Arts Magazine interview

May 2005: 2005 Photobloggies - "Best Landscape Photography" and "Photo of the Year"

May 2005: Bedsheet Kid Interview, San Francisco

January 2005: Shutterbug Magazine

August 2004: Featured Photographer

Licensing * Commercial & Editorial Assignment

Please contact me to license photographs, shoot editorial and commercial assignments.

Email: info @ durhamtownship dot com

Style tags:

Digital - Color - Available Light - Location - Portrait - Outdoor - Americana - Landscape - Rural - Photo Essay - Lyrical - Painterly - Real People - Children

Copyright and Usage Information

All text and images from A Walk Through Durham Township are subject to U.S. and international copyright laws (Ⓒ 2003-2017 Kathleen Connally). No text or image may be reproduced, copied, stored, manipulated or used whole or in part of a derivative work without the written permission of Kathleen Connally. All rights reserved.

Email: info @ durhamtownship dot com if you wish to use these images for any purpose.

Self-Portrait, July 2004

All text and images from A Walk Through Durham Township photoblog are subject to U.S. and international copyright laws. Email: info @ durhamtownship dot com to use these images for any purpose.