Saturday, November 17, 2012

Shadow Shot Sunday - Shadowy Collapse

Examining the collapsed Hartford Civic Center roof February 1978. © 2012 Alcam Writing & Admin LLC 

Shadow Shot Sunday is back as I go back in time to February 1978. The place is the 24th floor of the Gold Building in downtown Hartford. The persons are my father (who worked for UTC and had access) and Grandmother examining the collapsed roof of the Hartford Civic Center. 

This is a print that I have seen but found last week - the color had faded so I edited it in B&W and sharpened it as best possible. So the eerie view through the reflections is maintained...I found two cool things that explain it better - this Hartford Courant slideshow (great newspaper photography in its heyday) and a video below from the History Channel that I've seen before. The fallibility of humans is quite apparent in this mishap...

20 comments:

Catherine said...

what an interesting shadowy shot - the reflections are quite ghostly and eerie..

Patti said...

I remember that event well...but we didn't know each other back then. :(

sparkle100-havealook.blogspot.com said...

That is a cool shot to enter it in today.

Reflections is big and sharp to right then reflection back is

mystifying .


I like.

Sylvia K said...

An interesting shadow shot for the day, Ralph! I agree with Catherine, it does look eerie and ghostly!! Hope you have a good weekend!

The Summer Kitchen Girls said...

Wow! You'd think that if things weren't fitting into place like they should of they would have taken another look at the structural plans! Love the picture...nice job in cleaning it up! That is a great view to see the roof ~ amazing!
Thanks for the picture and the history lesson!

colleen said...

I love the reflection of the couple, sort of like a shadow of a life path not taken.

Riet said...

That is a great reflection photo Ralph and like the others said a bit ghostly. LOL.
Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

Gemma Wiseman said...

I think the reflections "almost looking back at reality" + whiteness of the buildings outside add the ghostly feel! Quite a publicly historical moment captured on a personal camera! That's eerie!

Paula Scott said...

I love your taking us back in time like this-much like a time machine. Thanks for tracking down the video-an important lesson to question things and I would date say, trusting your gut feelings (I"m sure some of the construction workers thought something to be wrong).

CanadianGardenJoy said...

Dear Ralph .. You did a wonderful job tweaking the picture. It is clear and sharp and yes! that resonance of the reflections is very atmospheric indeed!
I viewed the video of how the disaster of the collapse happened and I was amazed at the timing .. all the events had to happen at a certain time to have saved so many lives that could have been lost in the collapse.
Now that is truly an awesome story!
Joy : )

Beverley Baird said...

What an interesting shot - especially when you can go back in time! Thanks for sharing that info video.

Chubskulit Rose said...

I love what you did on the photo!

Such a costly mistake on that building, thanks for sharing the video.

Shadow of Snowman
Have a lovely weekend.

Lighthousegal said...

That is a great reflection shot.
Watched the video, Wow! Amazing that it hadn't collapsed sooner than it did. You would think during construction when things didn't fit together that they would have had a clue that something was not right.

Chubby Chieque said...

Hello Bro!

Long time no see, §:-)

How's everyone? Opppsss... the refection catches my eyes and it looks so eerie eh?

Yeah... very interesting video too. Great job once again.

Happy SSS...

Greetings from a chilly Stockholm,
/Chie

robin. said...

wow. "it didn't fit so they made it fit"...costly mistake indeed. thank goodness it didn't fail during the game. great clean up job on the first photo ralph.

BLOGitse said...

Imagine that those days they didn't have internet or mobile phones...
The photo is a great piece of history.
Have a good week ahead!

MyMaracas said...

Sad but interesting story there. The reflections, combined with the ruin of the building in the background, really make this photo outstanding.

Kathe W. said...

wow-thanks for sharing this!

jewaicious said...

What an amazing photo, filled with nostalgia, history, and poignancy. I am glad you found it and shared it with us.

This is a priceless photo.

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

Your shadowy glance from the past is perfect for today's meme! You must have a treasure trove of old photos, Ralph!


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