Tractor Tree

I spotted this tractor being hauled down Carlisle Road on my way to college.  I thought it was strange that they didn’t cut the tree out of the tractor.  It did look pretty cool being pulled down the city streets.  LOL  The tree made it even more interesting.  ~P.

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Hanging Round Wolf

My day started in Humanities, but ended in Wolf.  Photos by Pattie Crider  Girlboxer1970











How to rock a Mixed Media project

Pattie Crider

WRT 320

Re-Mix Project

September 24, 2013


Knowledge Made New


            Re-mixing is the art of taking what already exists and making it new. The amount of change or addition to an established piece of work can vary from using a small portion, to a complete change to the entire piece of work, or any variation of the two examples. Re-mixing is the art of changing another author’s work.

For my re-mix project, I took the work of The New Book of Knowledge, prints collected in the photography lab at York College of Pennsylvania that would have otherwise been discarded, and a sheet of poster board that was an abandoned project of an 8-year-old.  These three properties of my project were all created by other people.

First, I paged through the encyclopedias looking for topics that interested me.  I began cutting out quotes, pictures and words and making a pile of pieces I might use.  To make the overall look more appealing, I used scissors that cut unique patterns and applied the same process to a selection from the hundreds of photos created by fellow students.  My thought process was to make a connection of some type between the outdated encyclopedia texts and the newly created photos as a new way to consume knowledge. At this point, I wasn’t positive how this would all tie together, but as the creator, I went on instinct and hoped for the best.


I only had one Smirnoff in the fridge, so it                      no influence my project.

I only had one Smirnoff in the fridge, so it no influence my project.


My dog was nosy and not helpful as he                     walked over my materials.

My dog was nosy and not helpful as he walked over my materials.

I sat at the empty spot on my living room floor and began placing my materials from the pile onto the poster board.

I sat at the empty spot on my living room floor and began placing my materials from the pile onto the poster board.

The first, and the most important line of Manovich’s text, Who is the Author, is “New media culture brings with it a number of new models of authorship which all involve different forms of collaboration.” My project fit his thesis as it grew, piece by piece. I tried to determine a theme for the photos when I realized the theme was, a new media look at knowledge, specifically, The New Book of Knowledge, encyclopedias. I chose, perhaps subconsciously, to use the rocket-like artwork on the poster as my background of the body of a tree.

Bottom Half

Bottom Half

With imagination, this work can be interpreted in endless ways. My specific interpretation is a mix of reality and fantasy, supported with quotes of historical meaning. At the base of the work, roots and death, real and imagined, are grounded. An audience is presented in consumption of performances. A young man surrounded by vegetables, a young boy with imagination spurting from his head through a rainbow while his accomplices pass gas (nuclear bomb) in the face of a centaur and to the far right, a recipe for “Heavenly Hash” by the graveyard while ladies perform musical numbers on the world’s stage…surreal.

Top Half

Top Half

The top piece of my work represents knowledge being shared with others.  The tree is metaphoric in expanding and touching the lives of all people, from those that served time in the service, defending their country and often losing their lives, to students learning or enjoying the material items life has to offer.  Again, my humor urged me to place hamburger above the ladies enjoying the nude presentation of a sculpture and to place a consumer product like Jello, as the base of the skate-boarding rubber duck.  In the center, the arms of the performer expand into a tree (cut from the cover of the encyclopedia) and a fox; the expansion of knowledge through performance is crafty, like that of a fox.  The old versus new technology is represented in the young lady facing an antiquated television and phone.  Around this lady’s neck are headphones that connect to current technology that allows for television and music entertainment on a cellular phone…surreal.

The Crown

The Crown

The crown to this mixed-media mash-up, is made of the front cover of one encyclopedia and the binding cover of three, to form the “holding piece” of a new form of media knowledge.  From the base of the tree a diver is frozen in space, destined to portray people’s desire to be informed by all means of media available to them.  The addition of media re-mixes allows the logic in previous work to be explored in a new form continually expanding the wealth of knowledge to those that choose to explore examples of new media forms.

Full Size

Full Size

Middle Close-up

Middle Close-up

Cannibal Delight


Cannibals Only–Zombies eat anyone.

Thank you my dear friend David Brillhart, for allowing me to subject your arm and nose to blood, chicken and beef livers.  You are one cool dude.  Do you still smell blood?  I do!  ~P.

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Indian Echo Caverns Pennsylvania

For nineteen years (1802–1821) the caverns were the home of William Wilson, known as the Pennsylvania Hermit. Wilson withdrew from society after his failure to halt the execution of his sister WElizabeth for the murder of her twin sons. Following her death in Chester, Pennsylvania in 1786, William wandered westward across southeastern Pennsylvania, settling in the caverns in 1802. The Sweets of Solitude: Instructions to Mankind How They May Be Happy in a Miserable World, an essay supposedly written by Wilson during his time in the caverns, was published following his death. (Wiki)

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Directly underneath

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A sketch from William's diary, sad that he did not reach his sister with the pardon in time.

A sketch from William’s diary, sad that he did not reach his sister with the pardon in time.

So we learned that the first visitors of the caverns were….wait for it….Indians.  After that it was the French fur-trappers.  They were hanging out in the caves, building fires, staying dry and waiting for animals to be caught in their traps.  That was back in the 17th and 18th Centuries.  In the 19th Century ole William set up camp until from 1802 until 1821, dying a cave resident.  After that, the caves were open to people passing through, perhaps looking to advertise their business cheaply.  The first graffiti was an advertising for pretzels.

Ad Fail: The company went out of business.

Ad Fail: The Lebanon company went out of business.

There were a few other acts of graffiti following the abandonment of the caverns.  In 1929, Mr. John Beiber (no relation to Justin, our guide told us) opened the caverns to the public, with the paths improved and gravel added for safety.  The rooms of mineral deposits were opened for viewing, and handrails, light fixtures, etc. were added to assist in navigating the cavern.  It is dark, chilly, and damp, and often eerie inside, with tales by our guide about dragons and zombies.

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J. Lehner 1858 Andrew

J. Lehner 1858 Andrew


HI At least they kept it short.

At least they kept it short.

red graffiti

red graffiti


I found this promotional photo from 1970 on the Indian Echo Caverns website and thought it was the bees knees.  😉

Historical photo from 1970

Historical photo from 1970

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Vintage Postcard

Vintage Postcard

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In 1942, Mr. Edward S. Swartz, a Hershey native purchased the caverns and his family still retains ownership.  The color of the caves has not been altered, they really are that colorful!

We also enjoyed the Conestoga Wagon display and the petting zoo.  🙂

Click on the first thumbnail to open the photo gallery. Enjoy and stop back again soon!  ~P.


Retired Unit #20 York Emergency Services Rusts

I stopped in my tracks at Baughman’s Salvage Yard as I wandered around taking photos of vehicles in various states of decay.  There was a beautiful, (eye of the beholder) vintage ambulance or emergency vehicle among the lines of rusted vehicles, with York, PA, barely visible.

Imagine the stories that came with a ride in this ambulance.  The last date of inspection was 1999.

Thanks for visiting my blog!  Click like and share with others.  🙂 ~P.

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Back in it's hay day.

Back in it’s hay day.

The following information is from a comment below by Jim, who also email the photo above, to me.  Thanks Jim!  ~P.

I believe it was a 1956 Chevy but I could be wrong on that. I had to buy parts for it back in the sixties and that year sticks in my mind. Before it was RED, it was white and some referred to it as the “Ice Cream” truck. It responded to all major fires and served hot coffee, soup and donuts to the FFs and those displaced from their houses. It was a “haven of heat” for those that fought fires that occurred in the winter. These were the days when ambulances did not respond routinely to calls and it also served as a medical/first aid/rehab unit.

Its responses were not limited to York City, it also was requested by many county FDs for major fires. It was one of the few (if not the only) city apparatus to have a “County” low band VHF radio installed. As stated before, It was owned and operated by the Lincoln Fire Company.

Two of its busiest years were 1968 and 1969 and anyone older than 10 at that time should remember what was happening in York.

It also stood by at the Kiwanis Lake Labor day celebration each year and provided first aid services to the crowds. These were the days before “EMTs” and a certified Red Cross person with Standard and Advanced first aid was the highest level of training available. Mouth to Mouth resuscitation was becoming popular as well as that ” new thing” called CPR.

Its death was due to several issues: Lack of Volunteers (the volunteers that joined the station wanted to fight fires, not serve coffee), county FDs establishing their own Canteen trucks with a much faster response time, expense of operation, the age of the vehicle, and IMHO-better fire suppression, better trained personnel, and better fire prevention in York City led to a reduction in the number of major fires, in which its services were needed. It took a while to make coffee, buy donuts and respond. Towards the end, it would be responding and the event would be over.

Vintage Car Eye Candy in Biglerville PA

These vintage vehicles begged to be photographed.  I couldn’t resist; the owners weren’t home, but I left my card in their door.

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Loved the look of this old Mack Truck!!

Loved the look of this old Mack Truck!!


Enjoyed these old car photos?  Check out my junkyard photo shoot here—–>

Thanks for stopping by my blog!  ~P.

FDNY Pumper Truck #233 in Biglerville PA

On my second trip to my friend’s cabin, I made a stop at this road side station to check out the fire truck.  It’s a Mack truck and while I didn’t look for an exact date, I’d guess it is from the 1960’s.  If I’m wrong and someone knows, write it in the comments! 😉

The old pumper truck is in bad shape.  If someone had intentions of restoring this once beautiful truck, now wrecked and rusting away, they never got around to to.

The vintage Pepsi machines and gas pump was cool to see also.

Click the first thumbnail to open the gallery…Enjoy!  ~P.

Saint Patrick Catholic Church York PA

Saint Patrick Church 2013

Saint Patrick Catholic Church 2013

The outside of this church is stunning!  I would like to return to take photos of the inside.

 The detail put into this church is amazing.  For instance…fancy rain spouts!

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Fatty Fernow & Darryl Fluffhead

When wild life comes to your door–or picnic–an ordinary day becomes extraordinary.  A toad and bird became best friends with the kids, at least for the day!

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