About the blog

Updated statement of purpose, July 2014:

I started with “New Providence Daily Photo” to adhere to the restrictions of the City Daily Photo community. They don’t let you claim a whole state.

I got frustrated with the confines of “within 10 miles of New Providence” around fall 2012 (about 2 years after I started the blog), so I expanded my range to “within the entire state of New Jersey,” since I visit my hometown on the shore pretty often, and since the shore is easily more scenic than New Providence (and I do love an easy photo).

After Hurricane Sandy, I started losing interest in photography. I’ve always admired photojournalism, and tried to learn how to do local photojournalism… but when that real journalistic event went down, I couldn’t keep up with the pros. I felt like a silly stupid girl playing with her silly stupid camera, like a cheap fake, like a pretentious arrogant idiot.

Plus the demanding daily schedule was interfering with the rest of my life.

Overwhelmed and fed up, I gave the blog a rest in June 2013. Since then, I come back and post occasionally— or that was my original intent, anyway.

Right now… if I feel like posting a photo of Jersey, I’ll post a photo of Jersey, and that’s that.

Below is the original FAQ page.




What’s all this then?

This is a City Daily Photoblog, bringing a bit of New Providence, New Jersey to you every day! I also feature nearby towns; generally, I try to keep it to a 10-mile radius from New Providence.

Below are some maps for context, because maps are fun.

Map of New Jersey showing New Providence's location in the state

(This is New Jersey. New Providence is about an hour west of Manhattan.)


Map of New Providence and surroundings; click to enlarge!

(Map of counties and towns; the general area you’ll find on this blog is in red and blue)



So you take a photo every day? Wow.

No. I make sure a photo is *posted* every day. I leave for work before the sun rises and come home after it sets, so I’m usually only in New Providence when it’s dark and everything’s closed. I stock up on photos during the weekend.



Are you some fancy photographer with a fancy camera or something?

ABSOLUTELY. No, not really. I use a megazoom point-and-shoot digital camera that a *real* photographer probably wouldn’t be caught dead with.

EDIT, MID-SEPTEMBER 2012: I now own a fancy camera! I’m still not a fancy photographer, though.



So who are you then?

Hi! I’m Josy.

Here are some things about me:

  1. I’m a nerd.
  2. I grew up on the Jersey Shore. No, it isn’t like that, shut up.
  3. I don’t like cities. There are too many people and not enough trees.

That should be enough.



Can I use your photo for [whatever]?

Most of the photos are copyright Josy Conklin (me).

The following mostly-historical images ONLY have been released under a Creative Commons by-sa 3.0 license, and can be used as long as I am credited:

Image and link to Wikimedia page Link to Wikipedia article Link to original New Providence Daily Photo post
Methodist Episcopal Church (Madison, NJ) This is the church and this is the… bell tower
Stage House Inn Stage House Inn
Sayre Homestead (n/a as of September 2012) Lake House
Old Baptist Parsonage (Scotch Plains, New Jersey) Parsonageity
Deacon Andrew Hetfield House Hetfield House
Firehouse No. 4 (Plainfield, New Jersey) n/a
Fanwood Park Historic District (n/a as of September 2012) n/a

The copyright on the vintage photos is kind of questionable, but I don’t own them; I’m claiming Fair Use or Expired Copyright.

The maps are released under a Creative Commons by-sa 3.0 license; use ’em as you see fit.



So… why do you do this?

Back in December of 2006, my friend from undergrad, James [formerly] of Bath, contacted me and bullied me into publishing his City Daily Photo posts while he was out of town.

Dead fridge in Monmouth County... complete with yogurt!

(Classy example of Monmouth photography: a dead fridge.)

Me: Fine, okay, I’ll post your darn photos. How do I do that?
James: First, go to WordPress.com and set up a blog of your own.
Me: I need to set up my own blog? But what should I blog about?
Me: That’s dumb. You’re dumb. There’s nothing here worth taking photos of.

I eventually compromised with “Monmouth Daily Photo,” satisfied that there was SURELY enough stuff in the entire COUNTY to fill a photoblog.

I won’t bore you with the details, but bottom line, photoblogging got me out and about (!) and generally improved my life (!).

When I moved to Chicago in 2008 for grad school, I had to give it up. But I’m back in Jersey in 2010, so here we go again!

32 Comments to “About the blog”

  1. Hi J. Konklin,
    I’m Ken Lombardo and I’m an art director of an ad agency in Montville, NJ. I’m working on a magazine called Affinity Connections for my client Affinity Federal Credit Union. they are doing an article on their New Providence branch and I’m in a mad scramble to get a shot of their clock for the article. I saw your image of the clock among the other blogs and flickr sites, etc., and would like the rights to use it in the magazine. If chosen, Affinity will pay you $200. How about that? If you’d say yes, I need the shot quickly, as we wan to go to press on Monday December 7. Please write me back at klombardo@sgw.com. If we connect, I can email you a purchase order, and you can send me maybe a higher-res image. thanks, Ken 972-263-5451

  2. Hi Josey
    Yes, I had problems posting on Blogger sites – I ended up opening a Blogger account with no blog to make it easier. I later added the signs, signs blog because I couldn’t add a linky to WordPress.
    Thanks for your visit. I’ll be back!

  3. this is a great blog! we are moving to new providence in two months after being in washington, dc for the past ten years. despite also growing up on the jersey shore, i (sadly) know nothing about new providence. this website has tons of great info – especially on the parks and trails. thank you and keep up the good work!

  4. You mentioned a ‘real’ photographer not being caught dead with the gear you use… don’t be so harsh on yourself! I shot exclusively with Casio Exillim (credit card sized camera) first a 5.0 then a 7.5 and I see now they have a 14.5 mp out. I still love that camera, yes I still use it on the odd occasion. It doesn’t do all that my semi-pro Pentax K7 does, but I can’t slip my K7 in my pocket or hang it from a lanyard from my neck either! But mostly if I’m out without my Pentax I simply use the camera on my Droid X smart phone it is an 8 mp… if we are photographers, we’re shooting regardless of gear right?!??

    My Best Regards,

    PS – Keep Shooting! 🙂

  5. Hello! I stumbled upon this blog, and I LOVE it! I was born in raised in NP, and though I haven’t lived there in over 7 years, it will always be “home.”
    I currently live in central PA (my grandparents, whom I lived with in NP have moved to Barnegat), and don’t get to visit NP very often, so seeing this blog and all its wonderful pictures took me down Memory Lane.
    Thank you so much! I have bookmarked this blog, and plan to check back every so often.

    • Aw, that makes me so happy! I’m really glad you enjoy it.

      I know what it’s like to be a little homesick, too!

      Thank you for the lovely compliments. 🙂

  6. Great Blog and Thanks for visiting mine.

  7. Hi! I enjoyed your blog a lot and the photographs you take. I would like to nominate you for the One Lovely Blog Award, please follow the link here:

  8. Josy, thank you for visiting my blog, and liking some of what you saw. One of my favorite boats is named after Sea Bright, which I think is not too far from you. I like what you are doing here.

  9. Hi Josy, I nominated you for the photo competition here http://efratadenny.com/2012/08/29/capture-the-colour/
    I also just got the notice and I hope you can meet the deadline today. Cheers! 🙂

  10. I nominated you for the One Lovely Blog award. 😀 Here is the post with all the info: http://dreampunkgeek.wordpress.com/2012/09/21/one-lovely-blog-award/

  11. I nominated your blog for the One Lovely Blog Award! Thank you for inspiring me! You can find the rules at http://ivonprefontaine.wordpress.com/2012/09/25/one-lovely-blog-award-3/. Thank you and all the best, Ivon.

  12. Hi Josy, I just stumbled across your blog and saw a picture of me (who lives in New Providence, BTW) playing in Morristown with the Hudson River Rats. Digital Kismet? 🙂 Anyhow, nice pics! I’d love to post the picture I saw on my FB page, but would only do so if you cleared it or told me what was necessary for me to be able to do so.

  13. Hi Josy – I just came across your blog the other day, and have already (happily) wasted several workday hours looking at your photos and your posts. I live around here too (I could throw a rock and hit Cook’s Folly . . . not that I would, awesome house and lovely neighbors!) and your photos have given me a new perspective on a lot of the stuff I walk past every day without noticing. Thank you! And keep shooting 🙂

  14. I was born at Overlook Hospital, Summit NJ. I grew up in New Providence NJ. So sad to see what has been done to my little town in the last 40 years! I can never go back.

  15. Hi Josy, I just found your blog – you know, in the usual way: I thought I’d do some work, but then I follow link after link of curiosities and tangents until… ‘Oh, where has the time gone?

    I’m not from Jersey, but I am from the east coast and spent many happy days living along the Delaware River just across from Frenchtown. It’s certainly a pleasure to see photos from my part of the world.

    I look forward to seeing more.

    • Oh I do know that rabbit hole. 🙂

      I’m glad you enjoy it! I’ve lived in this state for most of my life, though, and I don’t think I’ve ever been to that part of NJ. I should check it out! Anything scenic there?

  16. What a great inspiring blog. I wished that I had the same energy as you to make it a point to post a photo every day. However, I’ll make it a point to cary my point and shoot camera every where that I go to build up a stock of photos like you. Hopefully then I’ll be able to post a photo every day. Keep up the good work!

    • No pressure. Because I’ve locked myself into this everyday rhythm, and because I have a life outside of photoblogging, sometimes quality takes a backseat to consistency. 😉

      Thank you for your kind words!

  17. Hello Josey

    I hope this is not too early to contact you about something other than getting your community back to some semblance of normalcy … I will come back later if so … just say.

    I am an admin from the City Daily Photo portal. The original portal was hacked in June and died. A horrible death. For me anyways. But a few of us got together and got something similar, but different, to rise from the ashes. You can see it here http://citydailyphoto.org/index.html

    We have your ‘New Providence’ blog down as a member, and it is displaying in the portal every time you post. I hope you still wish to continue as a member. Just say, if that is in the negative.

    So … if you wish to continue with us, and hopefully you do, we have a couple of things we need to chat to you about with regard to your WordPress blog. They do things differently at WP,. and we are having a bit of strife displaying the thumbnails from your blog on the portal. We have a workaround though, which has solved the issue for all the other WP blogs.

    If you could, would you drop into the portal and in the ABOUT dropdown menu you will find a Contact tab. Send us an email with your email in it. Then we can swap emails with all the technical stuff. Whilst you are in the portal, you may wish to vote for the December theme of your choice. You will locate that in a dropdown too. It is open until Thursday noon Australian time.

    Now I will go out to see if Monmouth County is still operative. I suspect it is not.

    Hoping to hear from you overnight. All you have to do is go out and vote, dodge the rubble, and perhaps earn a living. Easy.

    warm regards

  18. What a find! I am a Southern Californian who keeps wondering what it’d be like to live on the east coast. Your blog is a treat for me!

  19. Hey love your blog! How were you able to get to the bunny bridge in Watchung? I found the Nike Road bridge but I cant seem to figure out where the bunny bridge is 😦

  20. Hello Josy,

    I’m trying to get the word out about a coffee table photo book that NJBIZ is publishing in November. The New Jersey 350th Anniversary book is largely devoted to photography that celebrates the diversity of the Garden State. We are looking to showcase photography from as many New Jersey institutions and municipalities as we can, and from as many unique photographic perspectives as possible.

    Our Call for Photos is viewable online at http://njbizphotobook.tumblr.com/

    Please contact me if you have any questions. It would be great if you had some work to share from the New Providence area for this project.

    -Andrew Miller
    Photo Editor, The New Jersey 350th Anniversary book

  21. Josy,

    I am the webmaster of NYCRoads.com. You linked to my site on your NJ Route 24 page.

    Anyway, I would like to seek permission to use this photo for my NJ Route 24 history page, attributing you as the (historical) photo source.

  22. It’s not my photo. I don’t have permission to use it myself. (I claimed fair use at the time.)
    I cited my source on that post.:
    Cunningham, J.T. (1997). Images of America: Chatham. Arcadia Publishing: Dover, NH. ISBN 0738545619.
    You’re welcome to refer to either the source I cited, or try the local historical society
    for further information/permissions.

  23. Josy, interested in asking you about your beach badges. Can you reach out when you have a chance. Thanks.

  24. Hi Josy, I’m not sure if this is of much interest to you, but I’ve found an old cast iron sign from (I’m fairly sure) former New Providence Township. By the way, I lived in New Providence myself for a couple years in the late ’90s when my daughter was born. Here is the link to my sign from NP: https://gardenstatesignals.net/my-signs/#glenside

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