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Comments (19)

Palmina Moore on January 11, 2008

What a wonderful photo Marilyn Many years of protecting it's workers and no doubt to be pulled down soon. (I'd love those ladders on the side of the building!) I bet there is some lovely old timber inside too


Marilyn Whiteley on January 11, 2008

I'm very glad you like this, Palmina. Hugh and I were being shown around by a friend who is an expert in the history of science and technology. He knew the kind of pictures I wanted to take, but I think even he was surprised when I asked to get out of the car here to get a photo. I found it really an arresting sight, and of course the sun was at a very good angle. These shots of old industry will never be popular, but they document a past era, and I had a great time!


Тилигузов Сергей on January 11, 2008

Very familiar picture ... Wonderful shot!


Marilyn Whiteley on January 11, 2008

Thanks, Sergej. They appear so many places, and I've been noticed them for years. But I've never before had such a good opportunity for a photo!


© SisAnnick on January 11, 2008

Hello Marilyn, welcome back! You provide us pictures of my favorite subject: ruins, especially modern ones. I especially like this picture, the best of this serie. Thanks Annick

Marilyn Whiteley on January 11, 2008

Hello, Annick. Thank you for your welcome and your appreciation. I'm sure that some people are wondering what has happened to me that I'm posting this series, so I'm glad that some people including you like the photos.

Here we had driven down a bumpy, neglected alley between two parts of an old factory complex. When we turned around to exit, I spotted this. I suspect that you can understand how excited I was! Marilyn

© SisAnnick on January 11, 2008

Yes Marylin, I can imagine what you exactly felt as you discovered this view... I don't hunt, but it's certainly the same kind of excitement that feels the hunter as he discovers a deer around the corner of a wood.. 8-)...waow!!!

Margrit M. Berger (S… on January 12, 2008

I love your new series, Marilyn! :) Thank you for letting us explore the ground with you! This one is my favourite, because there is something like character around it. The broken window panes add to its singularity. And most of all I like the windows on the right below for their different shades and the sunlight caught on the slight shed roof in front. Thanks!

My best wishes, May

Marilyn Whiteley on January 12, 2008

Thank you, Paul and May, for sharing this exploration with me. It has certainly led me into places that are not "pretty"!! But it was wonderful to have a knowledgeable guide and time to explore--and people with whom to share afterwards!


michael.markler on January 13, 2008

Thank you, Marylin, for your nice comment! By the way: these photos fo ruined buildings are fabulous. Very special mood...

Hank Waxman on January 13, 2008


Your Industrial series is a success. This shot is especially impressive. I've been in so many of these types of buildings that I smile a little; but then find myself very nostalgic.


Richard Ryer on January 13, 2008

Greetings Marilyn, I'm glad you got to take the tour. Thanks for sharing all these special shots. Very nice.



Marilyn Whiteley on January 14, 2008

Thanks Michael, Hank, and Rich, for joining me on the industrial tour. I think I love nature as much as you do, but it's interesting to explore and record a bit of a passing era.


Ryan Calhoun on January 14, 2008

What a fascinating place you've discovered, Marilyn! It's really wonderful the way all the colors and textures of brick and glass and all the flaws blend together. I can almost hear this old building breathing.


Marilyn Whiteley on January 16, 2008

I'm so glad you can understand my excitement at coming upon this, Ryan!


Nawitka on January 16, 2008

Well done, Marilyn! You certainly got some great shots at this location.

Marilyn Whiteley on January 17, 2008

Thanks, Nawitka. I guess you can tell that I had a great time looking around and taking pictures! It was a real privilege to be with someone who knew where to take us and could fill us in on the history.

©Toodleberry on July 12, 2008

Hi Marilyn,

Didn't factor in my time last night to look through yours and Annick's collection, and was replying to some others, but now I am. :) I love the post-industrialness of this collection. I'm surprised that these haven't been turned into condos or co-ops, yet. But trust me it will sadly. :-( Why do we like to look at photos that have a sadness and want to keep the old unused the way it is? If you were in Brooklyn, I'd take you to the Gowanus Canal and it's neighborhood. Right now it's still has enough formerly tire warehouses and car parts that artists have moved into and have been remaking them as loft space. I was at a party in one for a 4th of July party. I found from the roof an empty lot with the tallest stalks of unbloomed sunflowers. I didn't have my camera, but hope to get permission from one of the loft renters. The Gowanus Canal is the only canal left of NYC. It was one of the most poluted bodies of water up until recent years. In the 90s, a artist I read about painted the daily smells. Now fish are returning since the city put oysters into the waters around NY. It's still an up-and-coming neighborhood, and also a little sketchy, so you wouldn't want to take pictures at night by yourself.

Greeting from Brooklyn,


Marilyn Whiteley on July 13, 2008

Thank you, Chris, for your comment. We visited one complex that has been turned into business space, and it's possible that the Michelin tire plant (several red brick photos) will, in part, be redeveloped for condos or something. So the question is what's preferable? Condos? Crumbling away until they're demolished? Or is there some other possible use/fate? Loft space for a few ...

I'm interested to hear that you do have some interesting sites in your neck of the woods, but I'm not surprised. I'd enjoy seeing them!


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  • Uploaded on January 10, 2008
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    by Marilyn Whiteley
    • Taken on 2008/01/07 15:21:45
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