Ontario is beautiful, there’s no changing that, but sometimes you leave and go someplace else and only find that the same beauty you so like in the north can be found elsewhere, that’s exactly how I felt when I drove through Northern Michigan. I feel the state gets a bad rap because of places like Detroit and Flint (New Jersey is the same way), but there is incredable beauty to be found in the northern part of the state. You will be treated to miles of wooded areas, quant villages, friendly people, and sunsets…well sunsets.
So what do tractors and a never completed nuclear power station have in common? Well nothing really…except in the case of a small station somewhere in the volunteer state, better known as Tennessee. The power station was one of many that were planned by the TVA through the 1970s to bring clean, efficiant power to the southern United States. Of course as a student of history there were several accidents in the 1980s that really turned the world view on nuclear power in a negitive light. Chernobyl in the former USSR and the Three Mile Island incident in the United States.
Then there was the rising costs of construction of the power stations so by the late 1980s construction was halted on stations across Tennessee and Washington states. All these stations were simply concrete shells, no reactors, no fuel ever brought on site. We could soak up more radiation sunbathing than wandering around the never completed station. And so the shells were left to rot under the harsh glare of the southern sun. And it was under such a sun that we treked our way along a quiet industrial road. And this is the view that we got.
After a bit of a scare getting out, we managed to get back to our cars and retired back to Johnson City for a meal! So why Tractors, well it’s been a common practice ot give these locations different names, and while we were there, we found a couple old tractors on site, and gave the site a new name, Government Tractors.
Pentax 645 – SMC Pentax A 645 35mm 1:3.5 – Fuji Velvia (RVP)
New York City
The Big Apple
A city this big cannot be covered in just one week, so I gave it two. Also because I did not actually have a post ready for Week 41 since I was still in the US and did not have the film for that week processed, I probably could have done it, but I don’t know any labs in NY/NJ that could do it for me, so I waited until I got back to Canada. I went through so much film over the course of my time down there, most of which has yet to be scanned, so I worked hard to get at least these photos scanned and uploaded just for you my faithful followers!
Less than ten weeks left in the project, and the book is already starting to take shape. (By shape, I mean I have an idea of how I want it to work, just have to make that a reality.)
Nikon FM2 – AF Nikkor 50mm 1:1.4D – Kodak Ektar 100
Rolleiflex 2.8F – Carl Zeiss Planar 80mm 1:2.8 – Kodak Portra 400 & Fuji Velvia 50 (RVP-50)
There are times when I look at my shots and think to myself, these photos are why I still shoot with film. It was the perfect day again (if only we could have had the weather a week later…but anyways). The sky was a brilliant blue, the weather was warm, it was the perfect day for a BBQ, friends, a beautiful setting, and of course ‘chrome film.
‘chrome film? Why, slide film of course, Fujichrome to be exact, Velvia. Delicious, Delicious Velvia. Fuji’s answer to Kodachrome, and E-6 process also.
So I found myself in beautiful Welland Ontario, I have to say I love small towns, and with the perfect weather and just a touch of fall coming out, I loaded up some of my beloved Velvia and got to shooting, both along the drive to Welland and at Mel and Bryan’s place who graciously hosted us.
Pentax 645 – SMC Pentax A 645 35mm 1:3.5 and SMC Pentax A 645 80-160mm 1:4.5 – Fuji Velvia (RVP), Exposed at ISO-64, no change in Processing
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.
Want to see more of Firestone? Visit here: Fire In the Disco on Flickr