Saturday, August 18, 2012

Shadow Shot Sunday - Old industrial


An old world exists just north of the Ansonia CT train platform - I once noticed shadows and drove down the end of West Main Street to look for subjects for Shadow Shot Sunday 2. Past the Maple Street overpass are two old structures of once bustling Farrel Machinery plant. It seems lost in time and shadow...a black-and-white edit seems appropriate for this, we are lost in place that feels like 1920 or so.

The complex sits next to the sole track on the commuter railroad's Waterbury-Bridgeport line. Here is a grade crossing, once a train stop for the factory. The sign seems quite explicit: stop, look and listen. A very large truck is no match for a much heavier and faster moving diesel locomotive, much less my minivan...

This looks of a day long past with hundreds of workers per shift, building rubber and mixing machinery for export. Shadows are interspersed with the weeds...

11 comments:

Patti said...

That area of downtown certainly is lost in time and shadow..this is a great post, Ralphie!

Kathe W. said...

photos like this are quite poignant to me as I can imagine all the workers there with all their lives intertwined.
Now all that remains are shadowy skeletons.
These are lovely photos.

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

You did well, Ralph, to render the old factory building in black and white. It makes it more forbidding!

Shadowy Witness

The Summer Kitchen Girls said...

The new factories are just not the same these days are they? Love the lines of the old buildings...they are certainly works of art!

eJoops said...

The first photo is very classic.

My Shadows, have a great weekend!

Gemma Wiseman said...

That is a shadowy place both physically and metaphorically! Adore the first photo in monochrome adding a sense of bygone mystery to the complex!

LV said...

VERY NICE SHADOWS ALONG THE WAY. THANKS FOR TAKING US THROUGH AN AREA WE WILL NEVER SEE. THAT LITTLE FELLOW ON MY POST TODAY PLAYING GOLF IS MY GREAT GRANDSON. HE IS ONLY 8 BUT PLAYS VERY WELL. HE LOVES IT. THE REGULAR GOLFERS ARE AMAZED AT HOW WELL HE DOES. THANKS FOR YOUR VISIT.

colleen said...

I love the industrial gray of the first shot and the gaping opening in it.

chubskulit said...

This reminds me of downtown Weirton. When you pass by the mill, there's a certain sadness when you look at the buildings.

robin. said...

love the industrial shot ralph. awesome building!!!! have a great week.

Margie said...

i love the first photo ... it could be the inspiration for a great story (not that i could write it, but somebody could!)

i wish more trains would run, i love to hear them, but around here we have alot of tracks but not many are used anymore ... signs like that are quite necessary nowadays when the tracks are used!