This endeavor preserves in images the culture, work ethic and the people that still labor in a manner as they have for many generations in Orange County, New York. Much of this is rapidly disappearing as farms turn into housing developments and malls. It is unique in that it focuses more on the people themselves rather than similar projects that have just depicted the buildings and landscapes of old Orange County. This project includes both rural and urban activities. It is also distinctive in that a variety of avocations and skills are depicted. It includes images from Ace Farm in Monroe, Bellvale Farms in Warwick, Brotherhood Winery in Washingtonville, Monroe Shoe Repair in Monroe, Quaker Creek Store in Goshen, Roe's Orchards in Chester and Scheuermann Farms in Warwick. My intent is to encourage the general public to learn our common local history, as it is still being practiced today.
Kenneth Lipston’s imagery is continuously evolving but often returns to his vision of seeing the surreal and overlooked abstract interpretations in our common surroundings. He explores realism which is both objective and subjective. He endeavors to inspire those who view his work to see into the world around us. Exhibitions include “Phantasm on Film”, The Korby Gallery, Cedar Grove, NJ; “Amish Life”, Soho Photo Gallery, New York City; IPOSA international exhibitions and "Mélange", Ellenville Public Library & Museum, Ellenville, NY. His current photojournalistic project, "Orange County Roots”, was initiated in 2008 when he received a grant from the County of Orange in New York. This has resulted in ongoing exhibitions of photographs that depict the people, trades and crafts that have existed in Orange County over the last century and still exist today. This project is now being expanded into a Photojournalism Workshop, Website & Book using a second County of Orange Grant in 2010.