While I mostly use wide angle lenses when shooting inside the mills, I like to mix it up occasionally and shoot with a telephoto or prime lens. I do this to allow me to capture different perspectives than I’m used to with a wide angle, and also more importantly to challenge myself to look at these spaces in a new way. When Bob and I were photographing the turbine room at the Pacific Mill the other day, I saw that he had put on his 50mm prime, and I was inspired to do the same.
This is a small section of a massive control panel for the machinery that was once used to power the mill. From speaking with the mill facility manager, I learned that this panel and equipment was used up until the mid 1960’s before it was officially decommissioned. It’s sole purpose now is to provide us with a cool subject to photograph.