The softer side of cement.

As with most industrial photos, best viewed large.

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I have returned to this site so often that Homeland Security probably has me on their watch list. My goal (obsession?) has been to make the Pulliam Plant beautiful…or at least something other than hardcore industrial gritty. 

A strange goal, I’ll have to admit, given that I love me some industrial gritty. At any rate, these three pictures are as close as I have come to my goal so far.

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I may even have succeeded in a little romance on this last one, though the result feels akin to shooting an aging diva through a Vaseline-coated filter.

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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.

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You really need to see this last image at full resolution.

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These photos were taken two months ago in Sheboygan, Wisconsin.

 

 

One last stroll around the lumberyard, shady side of the building.

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From the abandoned furniture factory. A small site, yes, but  an abundance of visual treats.

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I think of this next one as a recovering window.

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And finally, not a window, but maybe a window’s second cousin by marriage.

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