A look at one of the windows in the rear of what used to be 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 partial 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.
Nikon F4S 35mm film camera. Nikon 35-105mm F3.5-4.5 AIS lens.
Ilford HP5+ 400 ISO B&W film shot at ISO 800.
F5.6 in aperture priority mode.
Developed in Diafine for 4 minutes (part A) and 4 minutes (part B) @ 20 degrees Celsius in Paterson 3 reel tank. 5 seconds initial agitation with swizzle stick followed by 5 seconds of additional agitation ever minute thereafter.
Negative scanned with Epson 4990 on holders with ANR glass.