May 4, 2011

The Great Stone Dam

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This is the companion to yesterday’s image – a shot of Lawrence’s Great Stone Dam from directly under the bridge.

This fisheye lens view tends to mitigate the claustrophobic feel you get standing under the bridge. The bridge was not that far overhead (I could have swung from one of the chains if I was a complete idiot) and the dam itself was only about 10-15 feet from where I stood. Not to mention how close to the edge of the platform I was standing.  The sound and fury of the water crashing down at this close range is pretty incredible. It made me want to get the shot and get out. Which I did.

The dam itself is a pretty important piece of our industrial history and I’m glad I could shoot it. It is considered one of the greatest engineering projects of the 19th century. It was completed in 1848, after three years of construction by the Essex Company, explicitly to produce hydroelectric power for the textile mills.

It is 37 feet high and 945 feet in length.

In past posts, I’ve mentioned the flood of 2006. To give you an idea of how high the water was during that flood, here is a video taken (not by me) at the topside if the bridge I stood under when I took today’s shot.

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  1. I am diggin the fish perspective. Things sometimes get smaller and less powerful with the fish, but you have done a great job of maintaining that power. Wow! Thanks for the video as well.

  2. I love the black and white! Love that you’re able to get all this water movement and flow during the day.

    Thats an amazing point about the fisheye and claustrophobia!!!