Smokestacks through the window

This was one of those times when you spot something while just walking around.  I was exploring the Lindale Mill building where they would dye the denim material which was the main product of the mill.  It was a sunny day and, like most of us in the group, I was paying attention to the light coming in through the windows.

When going past this one un-glazed window, I noticed the great view of the main plant with its iconic smokestacks.  The open window with the brick wall painted in the distinctive green color that is though out the mill, made a perfect frame for my image.  I used my wide-angle lens to get the whole of the window and include that great green brick.  I think the finished image looks like a picture of the mill hanging on the wall.  One of those – picture within a picture, kind of things.

Sometimes we plan a great shot and sometimes it kind of just gets presented to you.  The key seems to be keeping your eyes open and being ready when the opportunity arises.

Lindale Mill
Lindale, Georgia

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Tamron SP 10-24mm F/3.5-4.5 Di II
19mm @ f/18 – 1/10 sec – ISO 200

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Power Up

I almost used this one for my entry in the RPS contest for leading lines. Through out the Lindale Mill facility, you could see the remnants of power components that ran the plant. Here, fuse boxes are wide open and the conduit lines that would have run power to nearby machines crawl up the walls.

This was an interesting spot to me not only because of the power equipment but also due to the texture provided by the peeling and cracking of the paint peeling off the brick walls.

Lindale Mill
Lindale, Georgia
Nikon D7100
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Tamron SP 10-24mm F/3.5-4.5 Di II
10mm @ f/22 – 1.3 sec – ISO 800

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Pipes and Valves

Industrial grunge can be so interesting!  The Lindale Mill is full of bits and pieces of the equipment that originally made the textile equipment run.  Somehow, I had pictured lots of weaving and spinning machines everywhere (there are certainly some of those) but much of what I saw was boilers and furnaces and all the pipes that would contain water or steam.

This image includes a maze of pipes and fittings.  Some of it is rusty and crusty.  Some broken and falling off the walls.  And the surrounding make them even more interesting.  Throughout the mill, walls are painted a light green color of shiny paint (probably lead-based) which peals back to reveal multiple layers and old brick underneath.

Fortunately for those who visit here, the buildings are also full of windows.  I assume that the windows would have provided light for the workers and given a small amount of relief from the buzzing of the machines that surrounded them.  In some of the buildings the windows are painted over but in this one, they were letting in the sunshine.

I guess part of what makes this place appealing is the urban decay and part is the mechanics of the mill.  Many of us were bemoaning the fact that the owner has been progressively “cleaning up”.  This means that some of the stuff that makes the character of the place is disappearing.  There is plenty of legitimate clean up to be done.  Just picking up trash and items that have totally disintegrated would be great.  Hopefully, this won’t become a gentrified curiosity and get all the neat stuff sanitized out of it!

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Tamron SP 10-24mm F/3.5-4.5 Di II
19mm @ f/20 – 0.8 sec – ISO 400

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The fate of Textiles

The Textile industry has gone the way of the dinosaur for the most part in the United States.  This is one of the fossils remaining from the era when textile plants churned out cloth for use in our everyday needs.  The Lindale Mill was founded in 1896 by Massachusetts Mill Company and at its peak produced 1/7 of all textiles made in Georgia.

After 105 years of manufacturing textiles in Georgia, the Mill closed in 2001.  It lay abandoned and ignored until 2010 when the current owner purchased the property and began to re-develop the site for use in movie production.  It was wonderful to be able to wander through the old buildings and wonder at what it must have been like when close to 1,400 people once worked here.

The property is now opened for photographers, music video and movie production and individuals who want to see this interesting piece of American industrial history.  You must contact the owner to get in and there is a fee to enter/use the property.  I highly recommend this as a great day trip.

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Tamron SP 10-24mm F/3.5-4.5 Di II
19mm @ f/14 – 0.5 sec – ISO 800