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Indoctrination (3 of 3)

Details: Shot with a Nikon N6006 f5.6, @ 60 seconds

CVS ISO 200 film

 

Bracketed - please see also exposed at 45 seconds, and 30 seconds...

 

Better viewed LARGE.

 

It was a warmer day, turning cold as we headed out this evening. We were setting out a day before the actual full moon, due to the forecast (clouds and rain on Friday the 13th, how fitting). Tonight it was 3 "seasoned" night shooters plus a rookie (heh) - judyboy, rizzolo, threshold, and myself. Unfortunately, we were missing La Rizzoloca and Douglass due to scheduling conflicts. You should be able to check out our work as a collective soon here, and in slide show format here.

 

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Pontiac Mills

The Pontiac Mills is a 29-building former industrial complex with over 400,000 square feet of building space on about 14 acres of land. It housed several marginal retail, wholesale and jewelry manufacturing establishments and some of the buildings are in a severe state of disrepair. Pontiac was initially a farming area. The mill complex was founded in the early 1800's. In the early 19th century the Arnold family purchased most of the land in the village and built a series of mills that transformed the area. Using waterpower from the Pawtuxet River, the first gristmill opened in 1810. Through the early 1800's the mills expanded to include wool carding and cotton spinning. The 1830’s added a bleachery. Throughout this early period mill houses were built, some of which survive today. None of the early factories remain, as they were all destroyed by mid-century and replaced with newer factories that constitute much of what we know today as the Pontiac mills.

 

Recently, Pontiac Mills has suffered from neglect and its future remains uncertain. The worst case scenario would be that the land under the mills would be more valuable without the buildings, and that present or future owners may seek to have some or all of them razed. As time goes by, the structures may disintegrate to the point that saving them may be cost-prohibitive.

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Taken on January 12, 2006