Photoessay: The Blackstone River and Route 146
I’ve mentioned here that my current project focus is on the Blackstone River. For those who don’t know, the Blackstone flows from Worcester, Massachusetts to Providence, Rhode Island. It’s strategic importance as a source of power led to rather extreme levels of both entrepreneurship and exploitation spanning nearly two hundred years. It remains in content with humanity even as interest in its natural potential grows. That tension is most acutely visible, to me at least, along a two mile stretch of the river in Millbury and Worcester, Massachusetts. There the River contents with a super highway and a very active freight railroad line. Being in the city, it also contends with city life and the best and worst that the city existence has to offer. Here’s a portfolio of images from my travels there over the past year.