In this post, I have a few more images from my early morning visit a few weeks ago to Ivy Ave in Winston-Salem, NC. In the window composition above, was really tempted to leave my camera and tripod in the window reflection. I ended up removing them as to not distract from the shapes & textures.
A sign outside the fence surrounding the structure shown above referenced veneer. I suspect this facility could be an old veneer manufacturing or finishing plant. Be careful not to view the roof texture too long. You may get vertigo! Click on an image to view a higher resolution version from my portfolio site.
I spotted this abandoned industrial area while photographing the old Sara Lee Underwear plant (see my Smokestack Landmark post). Returning just after sunrise a few weeks later, the lighting was much better. As an added bonus, the fence was unlocked and opened as shown above, I was able to get some great shots of building 2 seen below.
In the top middle section of the image above, a flock of birds can be barely made out. Click on an image to see a higher resolution version from my portfolio site.
This sign is part of a Kroger grocery store built in 1954. The building now lies abandoned on Patterson Ave near downtown Winston-Salem, NC. The shape of the sign was likely influenced by the Googie style of architecture, which was very popular in the 50s. Googie was characterized by upswept roofs, geometric shapes and bold use of steel, glass and neon. The style represented the country’s fascination with space travel and atomic energy. I couldn’t find additional history on this structure, but the last occupant appears to have been a local grocery store named Joe’s, which served the old North Winston neighborhood around Patterson Ave back in the day.
Lines, shapes and geometry bring order to the natural world. At the molecular and subatomic level, complex geometry is a play. Yet in the natural world we perceive, there is less formal structure. Then came the need for humans to organize, build and engineer. Today our homes and cities are full of shapes, patterns; order. Lucky for us photographers, eh?
Given our brains run on electricity, researchers believe our perception is sped up when we visually view the world in an organized, geometric order. Perhaps that’s why this old building caught my eye one day after work. The strong lines enabled by the grid like structure and shapes are quite compelling. I especially like the way it contrasts against the softer lines of the sunset clouds in the background.
Recently I’ve speculated about the proportion of commercial property neglect to that of residential and farm abandonment. 3 to 1 perhaps? Guess it depends on where you are. In my experience, there seems to be a lot more commercial abandonment & decay. Commercial entities come and go, with sometimes reckless abandonment. All man-made creations require care & maintenance. Love, sweat and tears go into not only starting, but also maintaining it. For many different reasons, businesses fail, and relationship fail. Hopefully, there is less residential decay because relationships are the most important of the two.
In this post, I’m sharing some images from my new Industrial & Commercial Decay gallery. Like other Beauty of Decay galleries in my online portfolio, I’ll continue to focus on composition characteristics that inspire me — geometry & shapes, texture, and story telling.
Because of it’s close proximity to the main road in Jamestown, NC, the Abandoned Gas Station Pumps surely catch the eye of many passers by. Over the years as the town grew, it’s usefulness diminished. Self-serve and multi-island stations have taken the place of these full service relics. A short focal length and low shooting angle created a nice diminishing perspective for this image. I also used an Agfa APX 100 filter from Alien Skin’s Exposure 7 to get a little extra contrast and old school grain.
Around the right side of the station, I found a gnarly old door with a lot of texture character — Filling Station Side Door. Because of the shapes and textures, I originally intended to make this a black & white image. The aqua bricks and creamy yellow door colors quickly grew on me. To give a natural boost in contrast and saturation, the image received filtering to emulate Kodak Kodachrome slide film.
In Bared Window & Brick Composition, an extra window security bar forms a grid, which sits on a plane slightly askew to the brick wall and window grid patterns behind it. While experimenting with color film emulation filters in Exposure 7, I ended up making a few tweaks to the Fuji Pro 160C setting. A little contrast was pulled out of the tonal curve to give the image a slight pop in contrast and analog grain structure. Click on the posting date to leave a like or comment at the end of the post. You can also click on an image or image name to link to a higher res image on my portfolio site.