Find your local old towns and small cities to discover their older buildings which have a classic beauty, integrity as well as history, all of which adds up to soul.
Old business sites with their warehouses and offices cast great shadows and make one wonder about their histories. Many of These exist just outside of small towns and are little treasures which I feel the need to record/
Al and I found more old, industrial magic in West Greenville from what probably was an abandoned mill site. The blend of old timey industrial engineering, sculptural appearance and aging as well as the shadow are hard not to love.
This is one of my favorite sites to photograph and was one of the first places I photographed when Iwe moved to SC. The mill is slowly slipping into complete entropy, which is sad because I think it should be made into historical site with a full but correct renovation as it is part of our history in the Upstate.
Al and I were riding out in the country near Newberry, SC. The countryside is amazing in the fall with perfect light and great color.A bonus was when the engineer stopped to chat with us.
This was part of our trip to Jocassee Valley this week.
Yesterday, Al and I went driving around and found ourselves in Tuxedo, NC, which has some great stuff to look at, like Staton’s Grocery. Country stores like this probably will not be around much longer and short of buying them, I can only save them photographically.
Old country stores and the associated landscapers are so engaging and worth studying.
Al and I went out fairly deep into the local countryside and found an old farm with the inevitable kudzu. The current forest fires gave everything an odd bluish, smoky haze, good for photos, bad for breathing.
The Wile Carding Mill is a small but interesting historical site with a lot to see in a small, dark space. ” From 1860 to 1968, this water-powered mill lightened the workload for Nova Scotian farm families by carding a week’s worth of wool in one hour!”
All around Lunenburg there are small coves which house a few lobstering boats and associated buildings. This group of photographs represents a long look at such a cove. The building, boats. shapes and colors are what attracted me.
These were taken outside St.Charles, Illinois. Abandoned farms have a hidden history which has always appealed to me. The photographic textures, objects. overgrowth of vines, etc. speak for themselves. For me the exploration of color vs black and white is always worth pursuing .
Many years ago we took a trip out West and discovered a great place for the treat of ice cream. I do not remember where or what the the name of the shop was but the important part is captured.
The same day we photographed the old mill we drove around running parallel with I-85 until we came to an old farm which was very close to new industrial development. I was taken by the architecture of the barn with the weathering paint and old boards. These types of images are becoming rare in our area and call out to be recorded.
Photography is like memory except you can go back to photographs and rethink them or share some images you haven’t shared yet. This occurred to me when I went back to the recent shoot with my friend, Al so here are some more old mill pictures with demolition and graffiti images.Photograp
West Greenville continues to be unlocked. On the corner of Lois and Pendleton thevacant building is now at least partly occupied and is undergoing continued renovation due to the efforts of Mill Community Ministries. Here are some street and interior images with more to come.
Go look for yourselves becasue I think this is going to become a great place for artists, members of the community and visitors. Check it out on MillCommunity.org.
On our trek into the countryside for peach blossoms we also found some interesting old farm buildings which always have an interesting vernacular architecture as well as great shadows and textures.
I think there will probably be several more images from the trip Down Memory Lane because the collection is so beautiful and completely captures the era of many of our childhoods and teen years. Ago the walk down the Lane.