A Photographic Exploration by John Fischer

Released September 2018

198 Pages | Full Color | Hard Cover | 9”x12”

Now taking pre-orders for 2nd printing. Second printing should be available around September of 2019.

Over 950 copies sold

$40 each

All applicable taxes included in price



I have a few copies left of the first printing, but they are not available online.

To check availability please email me at john@NoRoadUnturned.com,

or call or text (857) 472-3071

I expect my second printing to be completed by summer of 2019.

If you do not want to pre-order, please scroll down to subscribe to my email list to be notified of when the second printing is available.

  Description from the back cover:

I grew up in Tillson in Ulster County, New York. I moved away, and so did my family, but I have come back as an adult to photograph Ulster County and discover it on my own terms. 

I have revisited people and places from my childhood, plus I’ve met more people and discovered more places. Photos of many of these people and places are included in this book, along with writings about my experience of coming to Ulster County and finding home again.

I have highlighted various familiar businesses, roads, churches, landscapes, and more, including many of the people behind and in front of the scenes.

While there is a special focus on Tillson, Rosendale, New Paltz, and the City of Kingston, this book also includes Saugerties, Hurley, West Hurley, Eddyville, Rifton, Ulster Park, Accord, Ellenville, Milton, Marlboro, Kerhonkson, Highland, East Kingston, Stone Ridge, Boiceville, High Falls, Lake Katrine, Shokan, Woodstock, Gardiner, Cottekill, Glenford, Cragsmoor, Glasco, the Town of Ulster, and the Town of Kingston.

I shot all of the photos in this book between 2008 and 2018, and I also designed the book and wrote all of the text. It is a creation that I am very proud of. I hope that you enjoy it.

Several copies available in the Mid-Hudson Library System

Available at the libraries in Esopus, Phoenicia, Pine Hill, Rosendale, Saugerties, Town of Ulster, West Hurley, Plattekill, New Paltz. If your local library is part of the Mid-Hudson Library System, you can get a copy.

Like Ulster County itself, Fischer’s chronicle pulls together a wide variety of seemingly random themes, people and images into something with an ineffable and completely unique quality too slippery to characterize. Gorgeous panoramas? We got that. Urban decline? We got that too. But through Fischer’s lens, it’s all part of the love story of a man discovering home.
— Anne Pyburg Craig, Bluestone Press Newspaper Book Review
I’ve spent very little time in Ulster County, yet found myself truly moved by the book. Every person, in every corner of the world has a story, and John has captured those of the people of the region with beauty and grace.

It is more than just photos, so I hope people take the time to read it as well as enjoy the stunning photographs.
— Carrie Thomas, Boston, Massachusetts
What an amazing treat for the eyes and soul. I absolutely loved the book, and your unique spin on this area. Your interest in the stories of your neighbors is truly inspiring, and I love that you really take time to connect with individuals.. This is a beautiful piece of work and writing, and you should be extremely proud.

Again, bravo to you. A magnificent love letter to this area.
— Katy Weber, Rosendale, New York
The pictures look amazing, you definitely captured the beauty of Ulster county that some of us natives forget what we have in our own backyards. I can tell this book will be an inspiration for all us to remember to take a moment out of our busy lives, get outside, and appreciate what’s all around us! Great job John. I’m proud of you!
— Austin Benjamin, Tillson, New York
Breathtaking Photo Collection...Fischer brings the beautiful lives around his home county to print...
— Jonathan Ortiz - Hudson Valley Magazine online
The book is beautiful and full of wonderful stories of the people and places in Ulster County. Thank you, John for capturing a time in our community and our way of life!
— Jeanne Walsh, Rosendale Town Supervisor
John, I just finished reading the book from cover to cover. It is wonderful, awesome, fabulous! Anyone who has ever lived in Ulster County or even driven through it for an hour should buy this book! We are so happy for you.
— My mother

Want to see the sort of photos in the book?

People and businesses and more in my Life in Ulster County photo series

My best landscape shots of Ulster County

For each copy of my book sold from the first print run,

I donated $5 to local non-profits, including:

Angel Food East

Family of Woodstock

Rosendale Food Pantry


I will not be donating money for each copy of the 2nd print run, but I will personally continue to support local charities in various ways.