From my original Dixie Furniture Plant post back on March 12th, I had a few more dramatic abandoned landscapes I wanted to share. The black & white compositions followed my typical b&w workflow which includes process with Alien Skin’s Exposure 7 to emulate Agfa APX 100 b&w film. The color image was processed to emulate Kodachrome slide film.
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Dixie Furniture was established in the town of Lexington, North Carolina in 1901. It eventually became Lexington Furniture and at its peak, covered 9 city blocks. Global outsourcing eventual forced the closure of most manufacturing facilities in the state. This post features exteriors of Plant 1, the original Dixie Furniture facility, which was closed in 2003.
While processing the images in this post, I was reminded of my former career as a commercial photographer working in several of High Point, NC’s many home furnishing photography studios. This was between 1986 and 1991. In these warehouse size studios, dozens of room scenes were arranged, furniture brought in and finally propped and accessorized by an interior designer. Afterwards, the photographer would light the set, shoot test shots and shoot finals once approved. Several times I worked on Lexington Furniture catalog projects.
In the early 90’s, I started my own multimedia business and would later go on to produce an interactive CD-ROM for Lexington Furniture’s Arnold Palmer Collection. Working as an IT Project Manager since 2000, I’m slowly making my way back to photography. I would love to have a look inside Plant 1, but with all the windows boarded up, there is likely little natural lighting to work with.
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You can probably get a good deal on this building. It could be a real nice fixer-upper! Nevertheless, I thought it did make for an interesting composition. Shot with my Tamron 15mm-30mm lens. Click on the image to view a higher resolution version from my portfolio site.
Here’s the next post in this series. I can’t decide which composition I like the best. The first image seems to have a slightly more interesting composition. But the I also like the more pronounced door and brick textures in the second. Which do you like best?
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In the darkest days of the Great Depression, newly elected President Roosevelt launched a series of government interventions to address the devastating consequences of failed institutions and 25% unemployment. A series of financial industry acts helped stabilize the nation’s money supply and banking services. Public works acts put many unemployed Americans back to work. Housing acts such as the Federal Housing Administration, Home Owners Loan Corporation and the U.S. Housing Authority collectively made possible New Deal Homes such as this one. My grandfather was a foreman who build many New Deal Homes in and around Rutherford County, North Carolina in the 1930s & 40s. I have several of his carpentry tools in a display case.
The New Deal represented a new coalition of white working people, African Americans and left wing intellectuals, which stood in opposition to conservative obstructionism. While campaigning for his second term, Roosevelt was quoted saying “The forces of ‘organized money’ are unanimous in their hate for me—and I welcome their hatred. I should like to have it said of my first Administration that in it the forces of selfishness and of lust for power met their match.”
Many of the New Deal programs and institutions remain today and are considered part of the bedrock of American civic, financial and economic systems (e.g. Social Security, unemployment insurance, Securities and Exchange Commission). Similarly, the influence of money in politics and income disparity remain today as significant social political issues in the United States. Given its significant history, it’s sad to see so many abandoned, decaying New Deal homes across our landscape.
Because I used Alien Skin’s Exposure to emulate Agfa APX 100 black & white film in these compositions, I added the Agfa’s film notch code to my black brand border. I appreciate you taking time to visit my blog. Click on an image to see a high resolution version of the image from my portfolio site.
I originally wanted to make this a black & white composition, but the wonderful range of rusty warm colors was too enticing! I used a modern Kodachrome slide film emulation to get a little extra pop. Ha, get it?
I’m also introducing a new brand frame which emulates vintage Kodachrome sheet film and notch code. Hope you like it. Thanks for visiting my blog!