Foster Falls, Virginia Barn Compositions

Foster Falls Barn and Corn Crib Composition 2

This post features a composition study of an old barn and corn crib on display at the New River Trail State Park, Foster Fall section.  My Boy Scout Troop camped, canoed and biked here this past weekend.  Such a beautiful destination!

Foster Fall Barn & Corn Crib Composition 1
Foster Fall Barn & Corn Crib Composition 1

Foster Falls Barn and Corn Crib Composition 2
Foster Falls Barn and Corn Crib Composition 2
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Abandoned Dixie Furniture Plant Part II, 3 pics

Abandoned Dixie Furniture Plant Scene 4

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.

Abandoned Dixie Furniture Plant Scene 5
Abandoned Dixie Furniture Plant Scene 5
Abandoned Dixie Furniture Plant Scene 4
Abandoned Dixie Furniture Plant Scene 4
Abandoned Dixie Furniture Plant Scene 3
Abandoned Dixie Furniture Plant Scene 3

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C. S.

Abandoned Dixie Furniture Plant, 2 pics

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.

Abandoned Dixie Furniture Plant Scene 1
Abandoned Dixie Furniture Plant Scene 1

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.

Dixie Furniture Plant Detail Composition
Dixie Furniture Plant Detail Composition

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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Abandoned Downtown Reidsville Pt 5

The low winter sun’s contrasting, complex shapes and textures on this abandoned building also caught my eye while photographing in downtown Reidsville, NC.

White Reidsville Building Composition
White Reidsville Building Composition

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Abandoned Downtown Reidsville Pt 4

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.

Bricks, Doors and Windows For Sale or Lease
Bricks, Doors and Windows For Sale or Lease

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Abandoned Downtown Reidsville Pt 3

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?

Two Doors Down Composition
Two Doors Down Composition

107 SE Market Composition
107 SE Market Composition

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Abandoned Downtown Reidsville Pt 2

Like many of the business in this area, the Reidsville Grocery Co. moved locations with the decline of the area tobacco industry; and as result, the decline of the local neighborhood.

Reidsville Grocery Co Building Compostion
Reidsville Grocery Co Building Composition

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Abandoned New Deal House, 3 pics

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.

Saggaing Founcation Composition
Sagging Foundation Composition

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.”

Decrepit Couch on Decrepit Porch
Decrepit Couch on Decrepit Porch

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.

Abandoned House on High Rock Dr.
Abandoned House on High Rock Dr.

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