Earlier this summer, I attended the wedding of a friend and fellow Scout leader in Danville, Virginia. After the reception, I had the opportunity to visit the local tobacco warehouse district, near the Dan River, which is into it’s initial phases of urban renewal – the Danville River District. The late afternoon afforded some nice lighting. I plan to return soon to shoot in the early morning light.
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After my last post, I found a National Register of Historical Places registration form for the Richfield Milling Company. The city of Richfield, in Stanley County, North Carolina, was founded in the late 1800’s by the Ritchie family, German immigrants who originally named the community as Ritchie’s Field. Corn and other agricultural products was the economic engine for most rural southeastern counties.
The Yakin Railroad was completed in 1891 between Salisbury and Norwood, with the newly charted town of Ritchie’s Mill as a stop just before Albermarle – the county seat. A few years later the city name was changed to Richfield. The railroad enabled growth in the county of agricultural manufacturing enterprises. In 1910, the Richfield Milling Company was founded, which provided local farmers with flour, corn meal, and livestock feed.
Later, the railroad also brought in grain from outside the county to be processed. Consequently, the mill grew to supply the local community, and to ship product by train to other communities. In 1950, the mill converted to exclusively animal feed production. By the 1980, the mill produced poultry feed for local farms and the Ralston Purina company. The mill closed in 1990.
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Reclaimed barn wood is quite popular these days. It’s used in custom furniture, wall coverings, framing and general décor. It is valued for its rough-hewn texture and antique character. One could say it’s better to reclaim used wood than cutting down a living tree. Generally I agree. However, the higher demand for antique barn wood has accelerated the decline of rustic American barns from the countryside. I’m somewhat conflicted on the matter.
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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