Industrial

I recently went to the Sloss Furnaces in Alabama. Not exactly around the corner but it’s not so far away either. After some scheduling issues I ended up going just to scout the place cause there was just not enough time in a day. I hope to be able to shoot there this summer. I made the trip on my bike and took along a friend that is also a photographer and knows that area as well. The SF is full of amazing history and if you like industrial materials… you should visit.



It’s story begins just after the Civil War when in 1871 the city of Birmingham was founded. One of the founding entrepreneurs was Colonel James Withers Sloss. He ended up founding the Sloss Furnace Company in 1880. Read more at the Sloss Furnaces website.

The SF has been featured on National Geographic’s Ghost Hunters (or some similar series). The last thumbnail image above with the ladders leading out into daylight is a view from below where there is said to be the ghost of a little girl. Other visitors that day mentioned there was also a male presence. I don’t know that I do or don’t believe in the stories but I do know I didn’t hang around in the area for very long after that group suddenly moved on and left us there alone. It was pitch black in the pipe area and only 2 visible daylight points. Not exactly comforting:D

It goes without saying that our ride there was fun πŸ˜€ My small camera bag sat snug strapped onto the passenger seat of my GSXR.

Old Car City

Here’s a cool little place in Georgia that I hadn’t heard of until recently – Old Car City. A couple of months ago I joined a group of photographers that was visiting the site. Yes I know… it took me this long to blog about it but hey, I got a little busy πŸ˜‰Β This is not the sort of thing I usually shoot so I was excited about the challenge.

part of the group

When I got there I immediately noticed the abundance of mosquitoes. Thank goodness someone else had the sense to bring insect repellent. So needless to say, they immediately became my best friend. haha. It quickly was made known that we were to watch out for snakes and ground-level bee nests – another detail I wasn’t aware of but I guess given the condition of the cars, it’s to be expected. I did mention this isn’t my regular sort of photo shoot didn’t I? The best way to avoid snakes, other than just not shooting there, was to not disturb the cars. Meaning, that if a car hood was closed you don’t want to open it and shake what’s in it πŸ˜‰

old car city

We spend several hours there just soaking in the gobs of textures available. They had some really cool muscle cars in their original shells including the Mustang my dad once owned. Here are just a few shots from the day.

mustang

stuck

aged

junkyard traffic