Our first phase of Art on the Trail, a celebration of Landscapes inspired by the LHT, has come to a close. Now, it’s time to celebrate those inspiring contributions from local artists – professional and amateur, across various media, each creator taken with different scenes along our 22 miles of trail. Currently, we are accepting new art featuring LHT Flora and Fauna. Keep creating, we can’t wait to see your work. And, be sure to check out previously featured artists in our gallery for inspiration.
Summer Pramer, courtesy of the artist
Meet Summer Pramer – a Montgomery Township resident and professional photographer. Summer grew up in an artistic family and through her passion for photography has become her extended family’s designated photographer. She’s new to the LHT and inspired by how much variety it has to offer.
LHT: Can you share a biography or Artist’s Statement?
Summer: I specialize in event photography and portraiture, capturing the special moments of milestone family celebrations with a particular expertise in photographing newborns as an in-house photographer for St. Peter’s University Hospital in New Brunswick, which handles more than 6,000 births annually. My event experience extends to artistic events, including gallery openings and musical performances. In sports photography I focus on the strain and joy of the individual competitor.
LHT: How long have you been creating? What inspired you to start or restart creating art?
Summer: I have been taking photographs since my early twenties when I received my first SLR camera as a gift from my older sister. I suppose I honed my skills as a portrait photographer by being the designated family photographer for all of my family’s events and activities over the years.
LHT: What is your preferred medium or media?
Summer: I prefer digital photography though I did start out in film. As a child, I was exposed to all of the arts. My mother was a talented sculptor and my sister is a gifted painter.
LHT: Is all your artwork inspired by nature?
Summer: I will photograph just about anything, though I have included only photographs of nature in this gallery. The Covid-19 pandemic has turned my attention almost exclusively to the outdoors. I have been taking daily walks with my camera since March.
LHT: What about the LHT inspires you? What are your favorite segments?
Climbing Roses, Nantucket, MA courtesy of the artist
Summer: I love the varied nature of each segment of the LHT. There is always something to photograph, whether it be a bridge, a barn, or the trail itself. During this time of year, in the summer heat, I prefer the shaded trails of Carson Road Woods or Mount Rose Distillery. When the temperature cools, I will explore the open spaces of the other walkways, including both Mercer Meadows segments.
Ken Lockwood Gorge, NJ, courtesy of the artist
LHT: How did you discover the LHT?
Summer: The Art on the Trail project was described in an email I received from the president of the Princeton Photography Club, where I am a member. In wanting to participate in this project, I discovered the trails for the first time. I look forward to exploring all the trails in the weeks ahead.
LHT: Do you have advice or messages for other artists (adults, kids, novices, pros) encouraging them to get outside and create art inspired by the LHT?
Summer: Now is the perfect time to exercise our creative instincts. Just get out there and do it!
Mt. Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge, MA courtesy of the artist
Perennial Garden, Colonial Park, NJ, courtesy of the artist
Sayen Gardens, Mercerville, NJ, courtesy of the artist
Elliott Bay, Seattle, WA courtesy of the artist