Amish Steampunk

Amish Steampunk

According to Wikipedia, Steampunk is a “sub-genre of science fiction that typically features steam-powered machinery,  especially in a setting inspired by industrialized Western civilization during the 19th century. Steampunk works are often set in an alternative history of the 19th century’s British Victorian era or American “Wild West”.  Along with some fellow photographers, I found some modern day non-fictional Steampunk at the Mt. Hope Auction Steam Show in August.

Coal Powered Steam Tractor

Coal Powered Steam Tractor

The machines, powered by coal fired steam engines were objects of beauty, belching deep black smoke and embers!  The craftsmanship and strength of these behemoths was just amazing to see.  The expression “they don’t make them like this anymore” kept echoing in my head!

Steam Tractor Detail

Steam Tractor Detail


About Kolman Rosenberg

My interest in photography began as a college newspaper and yearbook photographer during the stormy 1960s and 1970s. I was influenced by many of the great photojournalists and documentary photographers such as W. Eugene Smith, Walker Evans, Dorothea Lange, Gordon Parks, Margaret Bourke-White and other black and white photographers of Life Magazine and the earlier Farm Security Administration. Though many of these photographers documented the horrors of war and the plight of poverty, they also showed me the dignity and adaptability of human beings in their desire to prevail.
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2 Responses to Steampunk

  1. Love this post Kolman, beautiful photographs!


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