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Abandoned Industrial Complex

Monday, March 19th, 2007

Well, this weekend was a mixed bag; Saturday was great, but I was sick all day on Sunday, making it a colossal waste of a beautiful day. I didn’t ride my bike at all over the weekend, and I’m kicking myself, because it’s looking like a rainy week. I drove to work today. In hindsight, I could have ridden my bike, since it wasn’t raining. I care a lot less if I get wet on my way home from work, so long as I’m dry when I get here.

Anyway, I told Sarah that Saturday was a testament to the true greatness of our relationship, because we spent the afternoon in Bedford, Indiana, a smallish nearby town mostly filled with rednecks and the self-proclaimed “Limestone Capital of the World” — and we had an absolutely awesome time. Driving through Bedford is pretty surreal, because it’s row after row of tiny, nearly-identical (and possibly manufactured) homes.

The main thing we did was photograph an abandoned building, or set of buildings, which I’m calling an “Industrial Complex” since I don’t know what it really was. We thought for a while that it might be IMCO Recycling, but as far as I can tell, that’s still open and about a block away from where we were.

Industrial zone
An overview of the area. The building on the right is the main one we photographed.

I’m getting better at, and more interested in, taking photos with my lens in the wide angle position (zoomed out). I also used my circular polarizer quite a bit. I got lazy about putting it back on after using my infrared filter later on, and I wish I hadn’t because the polarizer really makes for some deep colors and great contrast.

The corner of the building. I’m loving that polarizing filter!

Like the night sky
Looking inside, the ceiling has lots of holes that resemble stars.

I also did some infrared photography. Really, this whole outing was a bit different, as I used my tripod for a lot of it. I don’t usually do that, preferring the flexibility of shooting with the camera in my hand. However, sometimes it’s good to force yourself to spend more time setting up the shots. I took fewer photos than I normally would in a situation like this (only 110), but a larger number of them were usable. The tripod also allowed me to use settings that yielded optimal images, instead of using a large aperture all the time to allow me to hand-hold the camera.

Infrared tracks and industrial complex
The railroad tracks and the side of the building, in infrared.

Industrial curtain
Another infrared view of the building.

I saw that I could easily get inside the building, so I did so. Sarah stayed outside, and I can’t blame her. It was pretty creepy in there — the wind was making some glass panes and metal sheets move, making it sound like there was somebody else there. I sort of wish I had stayed inside longer and explored more, but I was getting a little nervous about it.

The entrance — I stepped on the fence near the big pipe to get in.

First glimpse
A first glimpse of the inside

Industrial complex
Looking into one of the many rooms in the building.

Some yellow “windows.”

There was another awesome building across a courtyard behind where I was. I wanted to check it out, but didn’t want to leave Sarah by herself for too long, and at this point, I could hear voices. I now believe they were coming from the IMCO Recycling plant, which seems to be right behind this.

Building/conveyor belt behind this building

I made a pinhole “lens” for my camera on Friday night by drilling a hole in a spare body cap, taping some aluminum foil over the hole, and poking a tiny hole in the foil with a sewing needle. It doesn’t take great images, but then again, that’s not really the point of it. Here are a couple.

Industrial complex (pinhole)
Pinhole view of industrial complex

Water tower
Water tower

After all that, we drove around the area a bit, hoping to find somewhere else to shoot. We didn’t, but we did make a stop at the Dollar General store in Mitchell, Indiana (which I like to call the runt of the Bedford litter). We also drove toward Loogootee, but didn’t go all the way there.

I also have some cross-processed photos from this outing and last weekend. I haven’t had a chance to scan those yet; I’ll post them when I do. That also contains some interesting portraits of Sarah and Rob (our dog).

2 Responses to “Abandoned Industrial Complex”

  1. furiousball Says:

    Love these infrared shots too. The starry warehouse ceiling is one of my recent favorites of yours (and now my desktop wallpaper)

  2. Mauricio Babilonia Says:

    Woof, lovely! Are you shooting the color IR on film?

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