The Greenwhich-Mohawk industrial brownfield site provided the backdrop for Week 20. This massive complex in Brantford, Ontario has been up for development for years since the last business left late last century. The site dates back to the mid 1800s, providing homes to many companies such as Massy-Furguson and the Cockshutt Plow company. Recently they hosted an open house that allowed local photographers to come and visit and photograph the location to raise awareness for the project.
It was a cold damp day like many have been over the course of spring here in Ontario, so I opted for a fast black and white film trying out Ilford Delta 400, I’m not a fan of the T-Grain film (like TMax) but I was rather surprised with how the Delta 400 turned out.
The MetalTech Foundry in Woodstock has always been one of my favourite abandoned Industrial locations. First built in 1913, it changed hands several times over it’s life before finally closing in 2005. And it is the subject for Week 14. See I said abandoned stuff would come back.
No, these aren’t photos from an electric six concert. But rather one of my favourite places to go visit, the former Firestone plant on Hamilton’s industrial sector. This ancient structure, tucked neatly away behind a very active recycling complex (which was also at one time a part of the factory as a whole) was first built in 1921, and expanded over the years. It shuttered it’s doors in 2001, from active use (Firestone had already left it in 1987). It made the perfect place to give my Nikon F4 a work out, pairing this pro camera from the late 1980s (It was released the year after Firestone closed the plant) and the modern 14-24mm lens, and a roll of Fuji Velvia (the pre-2005 stuff). The only thing that would’ve made it better was if I was using Kodachrome.
The size and openness of the plant is what makes using an ultrawide lens perfect for this space, and the rich contrastry colour that Velvia is known for only added to the natural light filtering into the place.