Detroit RotoGrate Stokers

The Lindale Mill is a great source of photo subjects.  The interior and exterior architectural elements are great but I find the remaining industrial equipment the most interesting.  These machines are part of the furnace and boilers in the building with the big smokestacks.  I’m not sure how old they are (could go all the way back to the turn of the century when it opened or as late as the 1970’s when the plant closed.

The company that made them is still in the business and continues to make these items:

The Detroit® RotoGrate Stoker is a continuous ash discharge, traveling grate, spreader stoker that is perfect for a broad range of applications. It is recognized worldwide for its efficiency in generating steam and power.

The industrial grunge is just so cool!

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Tamron SP 10-24mm F/3.5-4.5 Di II
12mm @ f/18 – 2 sec – ISO 320

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Details

Sometimes, it’s the details that are most important.  When visiting Lindale Mill, I spent most of my time looking at the vast, industrial spaces and the interesting light patterns that came in through the windows.  It would have been a pity if I had not also been paying attention to the details.

There were so many interesting small things in this place.  Items like the gears and pipes shown here and all the amazing detail of the texture and color that was all around.  One of my greatest pleasures as a result of being into photography to notice these things.  So often, we pass by the details without paying any attention.  Try to focus on this more often and you will be rewarded with many amazing things that other people miss!

Lindale Mill
Lindale, Georgia

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Nikon 105mm f/2.8 AF Micro-Nikkor
105mm @ f/22 – 1.3 sec – ISO 800

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Overhead machines

Not sure exactly what this machinery did but it was very interesting to see.  There was obviously some king of process that took textiles or fibers from one end of this room to the other on an overhead track.  Through out the room, there were these silver wheels that must have turned or spun materials.  I’m guessing maybe for drying but that’s only a guess.

This big room was a great spot to watch the sunlight coming in.  The patterns and colors created by the seeming random pattern of painted-out window panes are wonderful.  So much texture, color and light to take in.

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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Where did I put that file?

Walking through the old Lindale textile mill was a great adventure.  Most of the facility was full of the industrial machinery that made the plant run.  There are still some pieces of the office furniture and equipment that would have been used in running the business.  Items like these old filing cabinets are spread around along with old computers and various other bits and pieces of the company’s business fixtures.

You can imagine how the mill would have been buzzing with activity back in the days when it was in full production.  Now, the buildings are quiet and empty but still very interesting to see.  It is a great piece of history and an excellent source of inspiration for photography.  Hope to get back here before too long.

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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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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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