Looking Up

Feeling motivated and inspired after our morning photo walk on Sunday, I decided to keep the shooting momentum going, and made a trip to another local mill city, Lowell, MA that afternoon.  Like Lawrence, Lowell is home to a variety of mills dating back to the American Industrial Revolution, many of which provide outstanding photo opportunities.  My destination for the afternoon was the Boot Mill.

The Boott Mill complex was open and operational for over a hundred and twenty years before it finally closed its doors in 1955.  It has since been restored and reopened by the US Parks Department, and operates as a museum paying tribute to the mill and the mill tradition of Lowell.  This was my first visit here, and this stairway caught my eye immediately.  I love the old stairs inside the mills,  and I just had to grab some brackets before I even ventured onto the mill floor where the operating textile machinery was waiting for me.  This image was captured by lying on the floor beneath my camera and tripod to get a view looking up at the underside of the stairway.  I was mesmerized by the lines and curves and tried several compositions from all different angles.  I’ll follow-up with the view looking down the stairs tomorrow, and then perhaps an image or two from the main floor of the mill.


  1. Posted June 12, 2013 at 8:10 am | Permalink

    Great composition Steven.

  2. Posted June 12, 2013 at 8:50 am | Permalink

    Nice one. It is definitely up kind of shot!

    I really like the composition.

  3. Posted June 12, 2013 at 9:49 am | Permalink

    Killer image with a great vanishing point and lines Steven.

  4. Posted June 12, 2013 at 10:50 am | Permalink

    Wonderful image, Steven. Great comp and depth.

  5. Posted June 12, 2013 at 1:42 pm | Permalink

    Great to hear that the tripod police are not operating here. This is a unique perspective which has produced some wonderful shapes and a great vanishing point. Well done, Steven.

  6. Posted June 12, 2013 at 3:56 pm | Permalink

    The unusual perspective really paid off. A beautiful composition Steven

  7. Posted June 12, 2013 at 9:47 pm | Permalink

    Damn! This rocks what a veiw, great eye

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