Born and raised in NJ, Jeanne C. Hildenbrand first discovered her love for photography through the lens of a small plastic camera, courtesy of Bazooka Joe and his Bubble Gum comics she’d saved.  She  worked her way through the various instamatic cameras of the mid 1970s and then before making their first trip to Alaska in 1979 she and her husband bought their first 35mm SLR and gave themselves a crash course in how to use it.  They eventually settled in the Hudson Valley and she has been photographing their adventures and travels ever since.  In 2005 Hildenbrand started experimenting with digital photography and in the years that followed she went back to college in order to build a more formal education in both digital photography and black and white film developing.  While taking this more concentrated approach to her photography she found her view of the world changing and opening up, bringing her down a road towards her photographic vision.  The play of old/new, light/dark, nature/man has always been an emotional driving force behind Hildenbrand’s work.  In her latest project, “Sharon Springs: A Town Left Behind”  she’s managed to capture that captivating struggle and emotion, as some see beauty and smile, while others cry and wonder why.

“Sharon Springs is a small town that has had a roller coaster ride over the past two hundred years, and now as you walk the streets you can see and feel the effect the ride has had.  I am overwhelmed with a desire to uncover the stories that linger behind it’s windows and doors.  With my images I hope to express what I feel as I walk through this historic town.”–artist Jeanne Hildenbrand



See more of Jeanne’s beautiful imagery by visiting her website.  Click here


by Josh and Brent

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Carol Maguire

You’re a wonderful photographer. I had never seen a town like Sharon Springs until
The harvest festival last year. It was amazing and very eerie to see all the empty houses and the “temples”, the empty hotels and spas. We even talked to a man who was getting a drink from the sulphur spring and collected water at a spring right next to it to help his mother’s eyes. I tried to photograph all those sensations. Not daring to go beyond the caution tapes or trespass on old abandoned property, I became fixed on trying to document more of the town the next time we come (hopefully for Memorial Day weekend). And then,
Here you are on the Beekman Page! You have all the photos I tried to take only 100 times better. Thank you so much!


As a photographer (amateur) myself, it is truly wonderful to see the world through someone else’s eye. These photos are plain, pure and simple in composition… in other words, stunning! That you for sharing!

Fran A

These are lovely, evocative photos. Sharon Springs is a great little town in a region that has potential. Thanks for shining your spotlight on this place.

Angie Falzarano

Absolutely breathtaking. I know this is going to sound weird but you can see the echoes of the past in each picture. Like the one looking through the window, I can see that it might have been a store/mercantile. Maybe one that catered to the local farmers. You can almost see a couple of them standing around. I know, I know weird. I guess that happens when you a very strong imagination. Josh and Brent, thank you for sharing these beautiful photos.

Suzanne Koba

Wonderful pictures, a great talent to be able to see the beauty in things that really beautiful.

Vitta Fernandez

These pictures are wonderful! So absolutely haunting…you can almost hear the door squeak, the rainwater pouring out of the downspout or the faint sounds of people…Thank you for sharing them.