I have a lot of people to thank for my access to these great Industrial Era buildings in Lawrence. I can start with my good friend Tom Short, who got me started shooting in many properties. I will be eternally grateful to Marianne Paley and her family, owners of the Everett and Stone Mill and Sandra Krug owner of Bolton Emerson Americas.
Today, I am adding Sam Torissi to the list. I wanted to shoot the High Service Water Tower, so I reached out to the City of Lawrence. I got the high level clearance and was told to contact Sam.
Assuming my request was passed along, I made the call. It started like this:
Me: “Hi … Sam?”
Me: “This is Bob Lussier, the Photographer from Methuen.”
Sam: “How nice for you!”
OK. Good start.
After explaining myself, my photographic wants and needs, followed by a little friendly banter, Sam and I were on the same page. I could shoot the tower. It was just a matter of timing.
So to kick off this little series, I thought I’d present a shot of Sam.
This was shot at the top of the tower – the observation deck. To Sam’s right, the sweet bells – donated by various institutions from around the country. Out the windows – fantastic views in all directions. On a clear day you can see Boston and you can see the White Mountains.
The tower itself is pretty basic. It stands 12 stories high. It holds a 125 foot tall stainless steel water tank in the main part of the tower. It has a 125+ foot spiral staircase winding up the side.
Bottom line is, this may be a short series, but for me it was a memorable experience. I think it is worth seeing.
Cool to give Sam the spotlight in kicking this series off! Can’t wait to see what’s next!
Awesome fisheye portrait! (and amazing location to shoot!)
That’s pretty cool, Bob. It’s a POV that the vast majority of us will never see. Looking forward to the rest… 🙂
Great shot, can’t wait to see more.
Great fisheye portrait! Looking forward to the series. I wonder if there is a shot of that 125+ foot spiral staircase in the mix… 😉
This is totally awesome Bob, I’ve got goosebumps here! I can’t WAIT to see the results from this shoot!
lmao ” How nice for you!” ha-ha! I can just imagine the “doh!” face you must have had!
As far as the image goes, good job. The selective focus works very well here.
Great start on the series. I have a feeling its going to be a great one!! 🙂
how nice for you!!!! thank sam for all of us for letting you in.