photo factory

“Perturbed Paths”

Ever since I saw this farm with it’s lovey striped field, I’ve been hoping to catch a nice sunset over it. On this evening it was looking like it was going to be a good sunset, but the best part was mostly hidden from view by low flying clouds. (that’s why there’s breaks in the paths of the clouds) not long after I shot this timelapse, I was a little sad to see the field was all dug up so they could install pipes for irrigation. Hopefully the stripes will be back next year, along with a good sunset.
I made this time stack by combining 255 photos into one image.


This insulation factory in Erwin, Tennessee, was built in 1962 for the production of refractories; which are extremely heat resistant materials used for lining high temperature equipment like furnaces, kilns, incinerators, crucibles, rectors, or even deflectors for rocket launch structures.  The insulation they made here also needed to be able to resist hard physical wear and chemical corrosion. 

The plant ended up passing through several different owners such as Combustion Engineering, CE Refractories, Thermal Ceramics, Premier, and Vesuvius.    Thermal Ceramics bought it from Vesuvius in May, 2006; and it was then closed down in 2009.

Though it was believed to have been closed down for good in 2009, the economy eventually improved so Morgan Crucible, a company located in England, made an attempt to put the plant back into production as Thermal Ceramics in 2011.  Several former employees were re-hired, and they worked with great dedication and excitement preparing the equipment for going back online.   Sadly, it doesn’t seem to have worked out for them; and the plant ended up being abandoned again.

Back when these photos were taken, the city was advertising the property for sale.   With 122,000 square feet under roof, tons of parking, railroad service, and a great location right in town, it doesn’t seem like it’ll be too hard to sell.   

Structure et ossature

Montreal, Quebec, Canada


Poorly edited photo compilation inspired by @miss-loonylove and I’s conversation yesterday regarding the attractiveness of Johnny Depp’s Willy Wonka. I decided to look back and see if I still had my assortment of screencaps and pictures in my files and lo and behold - there they all were! As you can tell, my attempt at being “artsy” fell pretty short, but I think the verdict still remains: Depp’s Wonka also produces a fair amount of eye candy in that factory of his.