Abandoned Church in Bivalve, New Jersey

This was once the only church in the tiny fishing village of Bivalve New Jersey. The oystering industry reached its peak here in 1955, declining by 1957 due to the oyster pathogen known as MSX which killed 90% of the oysters and effectively closing down the Oyster industry and the town that supported it. Today Bivalve and it's sister village, Shell Pile, are now mostly ghost towns, with a combined population of less than 50. Some of the village's processing plants still operate today but primarily exist to service processing work done on Oysters caught on ships off Long Island and transported to Bivalve. There are two existing marina businesses and a museum that highlights the fishing heritage of the area that also operate in the village.

Camera: Bronica SQ-A medium format film camera with a Bronica Zenzanon 50mm lens.  Metered with Sekonic L358.

Film: Arista EDU 400 Ultra 120 roll film shot at box speed.

Development: Self Developed in Kodak Xtol 1+2 dilution in Paterson Universal Tank. 12 1/2 minutes @ 20 degrees Celsius. Kodak indicator stop bath. Ilford Rapid Fixer. Photo-Flo rinse.

Scanning: Negative scanned with Epson V600.