Abandoned Warehouse – 2 pics

This abandoned warehouse sits adjacent to an old railroad track in Albemarle, NC.  The location is adjacent to the large grain silos featured in an earlier post.  Perhaps this warehouse was once used to store and load grain for rail shipment.

Abandoned Warehouse Scene 1 Version 2
Abandoned Warehouse Scene 1 Version 2

After my usual post processing to emulate Agfa APX 100 b&w film stock, I decided to try something new by applying a subtle sepia tone to each image.  The original color image featured an impressive variety of rust colors ranging from yellows, to oranges, to reds.  So, in the final processing step, I added back a small amount of color (in select areas) to the subtle sepia version.  This final idea came to me in the shower this morning.  I am pleased with the results and perhaps a bit cleaner too; hope you like it as well.

Abandoned Warehouse Detail Version 2
Abandoned Warehouse Detail Version 2

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Causes of Neglect – Scene 4

Let’s take a look at the next root of neglect – economic dislocation.

Neglected Building Scene 4
Neglected Building Scene 4

To differentiate from stress related distraction in my first post, here the context for dislocation is where an abrupt, forced change becomes the primary result of an event or action.   Globalization seems to be a commonly referenced driver, where manufacturing has moved offshore to pursue cheaper labor costs, leaving vast industrial and even residential wastelands in developed countries.  Hey, didn’t we know there’d be a consequence to the “everyday low prices” at Walmart?  Other factors include the rise and fall of the real estate market, industrial automation, obsolescence, and natural disasters.

A few words about this image.  Subtle digital burning and dodging in Lightroom was applied to embellish and emphasize the natural lighting.  Though somewhat a busy composition, I’m very pleases with multi textures, shape and broad tonality.  I finally tweaked my standard Agfa APX 100 b&w film emulation filter preset in Exposure 7 as the last stage in my workflow.

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Bailey Power Plant Part 2 – 2 pics

Here’s the next installment from my visits to the old Bailey Power Plant in downtown Winston-Salem, NC.

RJR Bailey Power Plant West Side Composition 1
RJR Bailey Power Plant West Side Composition 1
RJR Bailey Power Plant East Side Composition 2
RJR Bailey Power Plant East Side Composition 2

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7up Gallery of Windows

Here’s my first shot at writing poetry since high school.  Hope you enjoy the image and words.

7up Gallery of Windows
7up Gallery of Windows

For years she walked by the building
on her way to school, years later to work.
Not giving it much attention,
not even a thought or a look.
But then she felt something different
as she passed by early one day.
And though it captured her imagination,
the pace of life kept it at bay.

It was like that as days became weeks,
and the weeks became seasons of change.
Until one day she noticed an old man at the building,
neatly dressed in his suit, long coat and cane.
The sun cast long heavy shadows
across the whitewashed mortar and window frames.
While standing and passionately observing,
“aren’t they lovely” he gently proclaimed.

She paused and finally relented,
freeing her mind, releasing her spirit.
Suddenly, the first frame invited her in,
and the gallery began to exhibit.
That first work fully developed, then others,
all with such meaning, magic and depth.
The old man slowly reached out his hand
as she lastly, joyfully wept.

C.S. Young, Jr.

Bailey Power Plant Part 1 – 2 pics

 

Originally built as a tobacco plant in 1906, the Bailey complex was acquired by RJ Reynolds in 1923.  RJR converted the property into a coal-fired power plant providing electricity and steam to its nearby manufacturing facilities.  Now part of the Wake Forest Innovation Quarter in downtown Winston-Salem, North Carolina, the plant is being converted to a 100,000 plus square foot mixed use commercial property.

RJR Baily Power Plant Bridgeway
RJR Bailey Power Plant Bridgeway

In the meantime, there are so many photographic image possibilities at this current location.  I’m working on getting permission to go inside the perimeter.  So far I’ve been turned down, but hope to get an opportunity soon to shoot up-close.  The color image was processed to emulate Kodachrome II slide film, while the black & white, Agfa APX 100.

RJR Baily Power Plant Smokestack
RJR Bailey Power Plant Smokestack

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Causes of Neglect – Scene 3

My series continues with the next reason for neglect – forgetfulness.

Neglected Building Scene 3
Neglected Building Scene 3

We have all benefited in some way from advances in techology and communications.  Businesses continue to benefit from technology driven increases in productivity.  Yet there are also disadvantages here.  How much faster can we really go, and how much more information can we really consume?

Today there is so much busyness and info-overload, forgetfulness has become another form of stress related distraction.  Prioritization is an important life skill to be nurtured in this digital world.  Years ago my dad had some humorous good advise for me, which his father had also shared with him, “there’s no way a dog can pee on every stump in the woods”.

Causes of Neglect – Scene 2

In my previous post, I started a conversation about the causes of neglect.  The next cause is indifference.

Neglected Building Scene 2
Neglected Building Scene 2

I can only comment about what I know about myself and perceive in others.  It seems there is often something of greater importance, which focuses attention away from things that once had significance.  Most troubling is when we just don’t care, because it’s more convenient than to put even a small amount of effort forwards maintenance.  I do believe there is also some degree of ignorance at play.  Some folks did not have the opportunity to “learn” the value of property.  They didn’t have to invest their blood, sweat and tears; or perhaps their highest priority has always been where their next meal would come from.

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Causes of Neglect – Scene 1

The dictionary definition of neglect is to fail to give the proper or required care and attention to somebody or something.  In context to this dilapidated building, I will briefly look at the causes of neglect over the next several posts. The first reason is stress driven distraction, where there was little or no control over the stress related event.

Neglected Building Scene 1
Neglected Building Scene 1

When I am photographing abandoned buildings, my first thought is perhaps the owner ran out of money or became sick.  As a result, they no longer had the financial resources and/or physical ability to maintain the property.  Their circumstances became debilitating, they began to detach from things they once perceived as most important.  Wouldn’t they just sell the property, or pass management over to someone else?  Well, it’s likely not that simple.  I believe the answer lies in the other related reasons we neglect; to be discussed over the next several posts.

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Suburban Travel Inc.

An abandoned building in Albemarle, the county seat of Stanley County, North Carolina, caught my eye while traveling through the lower tier of the state this weekend.  After processing in Lightroom & Photoshop, I finished with some tweaks to an Ektachrome 100G slide film emulation filter in Exposure 7.

Suburban Travel Inc.
Suburban Travel Inc.

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