I have always photographed things at hand, as a matter of both illumination and of convenience. I like to make a lot of images, and it is harder to do that of something far way. I have found that nearby things do not reveal themselves any faster just because you see them a lot. In fact, their familiarity is probably their best camouflage.
Route 199 is a stretch of highway between the Taconic Parkway and the small village of Annandale-on-Hudson, home of Bard College, where I was working on my graduate degree. I chose this 14-mile stretch of road for my graduate thesis for the reasons cited above interest in the raw subject matter and sheer accessibility. While I am a native New Englander, nearby upstate New York seems strange and exotic, especially in the Hudson Valley. Even the insects look like they are made of different parts.
The camera was a Deardorff View Camera, the film 4 X 5 Kodak tri-x pan. The light and the road and the guardrails and buildings are strictly Hudson Valley.