February 20, 2011

The Office


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Here is another recently reprocessed image from the archives.

This one may be the one that started my fascination with urbex in general, and mill urbex specifically. This is the office of the Stone Mill’s Boiler house. The building had been flooded out of commission in the spring of 2005.

Later that year, I was shooting outside the Stone Mill and noticed the window of the boiler house was open. It was a Sunday and nobody was around so I decided to take a chance and go in. I was not prepared. Nobody knew where I was, I did no research and I had no flashlight. I also had no permission. I did a little exploring and grabbed a few shots and left through the same window.

This shot was the only keeper of the bunch. Barely. It is a tight crop of a much wider shot. When I got home and started working the image, I was not happy with the wide angle. I decided then that I would go back the following Sunday and reshoot the office.

When did, the building was half gone. The wrecking ball was in full swing.

I’m so glad I took a chance that day.

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  1. This is really great, Bob. Glad you were able to nab this crop from the original image. Also…nice work on taking the chance before the place was demo’d 🙂

  2. Wow Bob, this is one of my favorite shots from your studio! What a great story, sort of… too bad that it was gone when you went back, but boy is it great that you managed to capture this fantastic image!