Wannalancit Spiral IIHere is one more image from the beautiful stairways at the Wannalancit Mill in Lowell, MA.  The other images I posted from here were tighter shots of the central part of the spiral stairs, but for this one I took a somewhat wider view.

But regardless of the angle or composition, these stairs are a stunning reminder of the craftsmanship and architecture from the industrial revolution.


Under the Stairs

Happy Monday, and I hope everyone had a nice Thanksgiving holiday.  In addition to a few days off from work, I also took a few days off from the blog, and the break was just what I needed.

Today we’re going back to the beautiful stairs at the Wannalancit Mill in Lowell, MA.  Although looking down at these spiral stairs is the money shot, I seem to be more drawn to the view looking up from below.  The underside of the stairs has avoided 100+ years of foot traffic, and still retains it’s original look and character.

Red, White and Blue

While shooting the Duck Mill in Lawrence last weekend, I found myself breaking away from the more traditional views and seeking out opportunities for more detail shots of the various spaces.  I still grabbed plenty of wide angle shots of this expansive mill space with its large windows and endless columns, but for some reason I kept coming back to the more intimate scenes during this shoot.

This was one of the first images I captured that morning, and is quickly becoming one of my favorites.  I love the lines, the red, white and blue colors, and most notably, the reflection of the large wall of windows in this single window.  It’s recognizable for what it is, yet also somewhat abstract.  Or at least that’s how I see it.

It’s been a while since I posted something that didn’t revolve around the coast or water, so today I’m posting a shot from a trip to the Stone Mill in Lawrence a while back with good friend Bob Lussier.   There are so many things to see and photograph here, and yet sometimes I overlook the obvious stuff.  This is one of the hallways on the 3rd floor that I’ve walked through countless times going to the various empty spaces of the mill.  This time I actually stopped here as I suddenly noticed how the light coming through the far door illuminated the hall by bouncing off all the wood surfaces.  Paying attention to the way light reflects off different surfaces and materials is something that I’m trying to pay more and more attention to in order to create more compelling images.  It’s not always about just finding good light, but also how to use that light to create the image you want.

It’s been a while since I posted a long exposure image, and I’m really pleased with how this one turned out.  This is one of the wooden jetties that protects the entrance to Three Mile Harbor in Easthampton, NY.  To get to this location on the western side of the channel you need to have 4 wheel drive, and I was fortunate that the friends we were visiting had a Jeep that they let me borrow.  I brought my boys with me as they love riding in the Jeep out on the beach, and we all had a really great time combing the beach, finding crabs, and of course taking pictures.  This is a nearly three minute exposure which tuned the water into silky goodness.  And a b&w conversion seemed to fit this scene to my liking.  I hope you like it too.

It amazes me that virtually every piece of equipment at the iron works was made of wood, including this wheelbarrow (minus the outer edge of the wheel).  There were several of them lined up, and filled with what appears to be charcoal to be used in the forge.  I just love the old-world craftsmanship of this stuff.

Camera settings: ISO 200, f/9, 34mm, 3 brackets

Sorry for the corny title, but it was just too easy.  This is the Forge at Saugus Iron Works, where iron was transformed so that it could be sold to merchants and blacksmiths.  My previous two posts from here have highlighted things inside these buildings, so today I thought I’d show what some of them look like from the outside.  Stepping back to see things from a distance, it’s really quite amazing how water was used to power this equipment more than 300 years ago.  Water was stored in large reservoirs and then run through the water wheels which powered the equipment.  It then would run off into the Saugus River below.  Fascinating.

Camera settings: ISO 200, f/11, 18mm, 1/200 second

Continuing with images from the Saugus Iron Works, today’s post highlights some of the enormous wooden machinery that was used in the production of iron during the seventeenth century.  It was difficult to discern exactly what these wheels were used for, but they were powered by a large waterwheel on the outside of the building and turned together like two giant sprockets.  They reside in one of the buildings that provides only limited access so I was unable to get down further to see more of how they once operated.  Regardless, they are quite impressive and full of character.

Camer settings: ISO 200, f/11, 18mm, 4 brackets