The Stanely Woolen Mill main office in early morning light. January, 2013.
The Blackstone River Corridor was the birthplace of the American Industrial Revolution; textile mills sprang up like mushrooms in the 19th century, and ushered in a whole new class of workers. Exploitation was ubiquitous, and paved the way for labor laws and for unions to respond to unsafe and downright dangerous conditions. Currently there is a movement to reclaim and update these abandoned mills for office and residential space. The Stanley Woolen Mill in Uxbridge, MA has been undergoing a long refurbishing, and the building is slowly transforming.
Last year in January I had the pleasure of photographing this remarkable historic complex as part of a book: “Winter Along the Blackstone”, available on Amazon. My dear friend Susan Franz did the graphic design.
Photo Credit: Michael Frye, In the Moment Landscape Photography Blog
I’m alive and well in the Missouri Ozarks, although on a strict reduction of internet access; I’m limited to online activity between 6 and 8 am due to some technical issues beyond my control. I do have some good news to report, though; I’m going to be a mother-in-law! My son Jeromy will be getting married to Cynthia on Halloween this year, and I am delighted to have her join the family.
More good news: I’ve got almost everything I need gathered together to begin developing the film I’ve exposed; After that I will need a scanner to digitize them. I’ve discovered a website devoted to Cafenol developing, and I’m eager to give it a go.
If you’re missing my photos of California, there’s good news for you too: Fellow Yosemite ‘tog and friend Michael Frye is still doing a bang-up job—I doubt you could get him away from Yosemite with a crowbar! I fell in love with the above image, and Michael was kind enough to let me share it with you, my gentle readers. Do go on over to his wonderful blog, and leave a comment saying I sent you.
Be kind to one another!
Centerville Mill, Centerville, Missouri
I’ll be heading out tomorrow morning to Ellington, MO for the rest of the winter. I’ve had a wonderful time learning (so much!) from Alan Ross. Now it’s time to put into practice what I’ve learned, and expand on it!
This image was shot on 120, developed, scanned, inverted, tweaked, and now it’s my pleasure to share it with the world. A huge thank you to Alan for all his tutelage!
Focus comes from Latin, “domestic hearth”. Hearths are where you find light and warmth, and often where food was cooked. It was the center of the home. It’s where your spacial attention was. Because home is where you find light, warmth and food.
I had the pleasure of “meeting” Campito in August of 2011. I was staying at Crooked Creek Research Station, in the White Mountains, and mentioned my sighting to Tim Forsell, the manager on site. He told me Campito’s story, or what is known of it. Since I’m better with images than with story telling, I’ll let Tim tell it to you. If you’re not reading Tim’s blog, you should. He tells wonderful tales of the Sierra Nevada and the White Mountains of California.
“Campito Lives!” on Timstories
Vigas are rough-hewn logs used as rafters, often extending outside the building. Used primarily in adobe structures.