Photographer publishes pictorial sequel
MIFFLINTOWN – Five years after Abby Fohringer published her first book, “A Pictorial Stroll Through Juniata County,” she has come out with a sequel, once again cataloging landmarks throughout Juniata County with her camera.
“Still Strolling” features photographs covering areas from Waterloo to Liverpool, focusing on hotels, motels and parks, said Fohringer. She decided to publish a second book because of the public interest the first created as well as a substantial supply of material, she said.
“Some places to photograph came easily to me because I already knew of them, but others were suggested to me by previous customers or friends and family,” Fohringer said. “For instance, I never knew there was a bus service (Potter’s Bus Lines Garage) until my grandmother mentioned it, which then led to a friend of mine reminiscing about taking it to Lewistown.”
Locations, such as the old bus line, are important to capture, Fohringer said, because of the memory they create for people. The second book includes five places that have already been destroyed, she said.
“My inspiration … was when I heard the Mifflin-Mifflintown bridge was going to be torn down,” Fohringer said. “From that point on I had an interest in photographing that structure and others that may be torn down. I’m trying to give people a ‘good old memory.'”
Fohringer’s mother, Sheila Yorks, supplies each photo with a label or small caption after researching the site through the Juniata County Historical Society. Many times, Yorks learns about landmarks that may be demolished through her job at the Juniata Sentinel and sends her daughter to get photos.
“My mother is a huge part of these books,” Fohringer said. “My favorite part about creating these books is all the adventures I have with my mom … Getting lost on dead end roads, standing in the middle of Route 35 for a good shot (and being) fearful of snakes at nearly every locale are just some of the normal happenings for us.”
The book “Still Strolling” can be purchased for $17 at the Guardian Angel Bookstore in Richfield, by emailing Fohringer at email@example.com or visiting the Natural Impressions Photo Facebook Page. The books are also available as a set for $25.