Silk Mill

November 24, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

Yesterday, I went to an abandoned silk mill in Maryland.  We spent 4 hours photographing.  I concentrated on the interior.  The mill was shut down in 1957 and the machinery, etc. that was in there in 1957 on the last day is still there.  The machinery stands much as it did when the workers were there.  As I tried to maneuver through the tight spaces between the rows of machines it brought to mind the many workers who toiled there.  The noise and heat must have been nearly unbearable.  There were sharp points and open gears.  At one time, our area did not have a good record as far as child labor goes.  I pictured the work of Lewis Hine who photographed children at work.  There seemed to be footsteps echoing throughout the mill.  I tried to photograph with art in mind, but I was also hoping to incorporate some humanity and respect for the people who worked there.  In the next few weeks, I hope to post some of the photographs on this website. 


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