April 22, 2021

The Attic


Over the past eight or nine years, my good friend, Steven Perlmutter and I, in cooperation with The Lawrence History Center and Everett Mills Properties, conducted a series photography workshops in the Stone and Everett Mills. These workshops gave us the opportunity to share our love of photography and of these buildings with dozens of photographers from around the country.

It was always a thrill to see the reaction of new participants when they first laid eyes on these spaces, and none of these spaces got a stronger reaction than the attic of the Stone Mill. It is the most unfinished of all of the unfinished space space in the Stone, and the building’s history is, literally, etched into its walls (more on that in an upcoming post).

As a photographic subject, the attic of the Stone Mill can be overwhelming. The skylights, the office (complete with steel-case desk and tv), and other little details make it difficult to decide where to start.

To overcome the overwhelm, I advised our participants to get the “gimme” shots first. The “gimme” shot is the shot that is the shot that is right in front of you. It is the one you see, then walk away from, thinking, “I can do better.”

Of course, I failed to take my own advice. It tool me over a decade to finally get this gimmee. Click the thumbnail below to see a bigger version.


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