The softer side of cement.
As with most industrial photos, best viewed large.
It was soooo cold this day, like maybe 100 degrees below zero and raging gale-force winds. I bungeed myself to the handle of the car door to keep from being swept into a nearby field.
Standing determinedly in the middle of the road with nothing between me and the raw elements, I began to shoot. The wind screamed savagely, tearing at my face and messing my hair up really bad. I fell a few times, feeling something crack…my femur? my sugar-free gum?…but hauled myself back up, determined to get the shots.
Finally though, with camera buffeted by the wind and my eyelashes snapping off at the roots, I knew when to withdraw from the fray.
It had been an epic 30-second battle between me and Mother Nature and Wabi Sabi lost.
“I’ll come back when the weather isn’t so bad,” I thought.
I’ll have another chance in a few months because everyone knows…dramatic pause here…
Winter IS coming.
Okay, in all seriousity here: I’ve captured all these fans mid-spin so that they look very still, but they were indeed running. I find it supremely cool to think that all that ice is really the frozen breath of hundreds of toasty-warm cows.
I’m generally tentative when it comes to converting my images to black and white. Translation: my skillset for this area is extremely primitive and results can be hit or miss.
These next few images, however, really lend themselves to a black and white format. Removing the color creates capital-D Drama, with intense blacks and sky-swallowing grays. Clean blue reality and soft banks of fluffy white can’t compete.
You really need to see this last image at full resolution.
These photos were taken two months ago in Sheboygan, Wisconsin.
I played with softening this set.
Not that far from the Abandoned Furniture Factory is a lumber yard/builders supply…also abandoned.
The astute viewer might note that blue paint from the furniture factory collection seems to have bled into this set.
Good eye, Astute Reader!
Both businesses were owned by the same family. Just spitballing here, but I’m guessing someone nailed a spectacular deal on a tanker full of blue paint.
More to come!