Inside the Clock

In yesterday’s post, I mentioned the fantastic opportunity I had this past weekend to photograph the historic Ayer Mill Clock Tower with my friend Bob Lussier.  I started with an exterior shot yesterday, and am posting this shot today of the inside of the clock tower.

Just getting to this location was a bit dicey.  We had to climb 5 or 6 flights of incredibly steep cast iron steps, while carrying our camera bags and tripods.  I wouldn’t have felt so bad about this had I not watched Charlie, the clock keeper and several years my senior, climb these stairs without so much as a pause.

The Ayer Mill Clock Tower is the largest mill clock tower in the United States, and at 22 1/2 feet in diameter, it’s clock faces are only 6 inches smaller than those on Big Ben in London.  I chose an ultra-wide perspective to highlight the size of this space, and you can see Charlie outside the clock room which gives the image some scale as well (I truthfully didn’t know he was there when I shot this, and saw him when I processed the image).  I’ll post some detail photos, as well as information about this landmark, in future posts.  I believe this tactic is called a “tease.”


  1. Posted November 20, 2013 at 8:13 am | Permalink

    Awesome look inside a clock tower. This is rarely seen, the inside workings of a huge clock. Beautifully capture, Steven. Looks like a really fun shoot.

  2. Posted November 20, 2013 at 11:42 am | Permalink

    This looks great Steven. I love the perspective.

  3. Posted November 21, 2013 at 4:39 am | Permalink

    Very nice shot

  4. Posted November 21, 2013 at 7:37 am | Permalink

    What a great opportunity and you made the most of it Steven. Awesome shot.

  5. Posted November 22, 2013 at 5:45 pm | Permalink

    I love those textures and details, Steven! Terrific photograph my friend, something I would have enjoyed experiencing with you guys at the mill!

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