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” The Thread That Connects Us All “

"To Walk a Mile in..."

“To Walk a Mile in…”

I was treated to an early gift this season… it was a dusty, old, dark, and very magical treat to this photographer’s eyes. The present I am referring to, was my visit to the last intact silk mill left in the US. Built in  1907, and known as Klotz Throwing Company, it is located in Lonaconing, MD which is about a five and a half hour drive from where I live.

On rare occasions, you can feel a presence of history in a place. I felt it instantly, when I set foot inside this mill. What also set the mood was the ambient light I had to work in.  The smell and feel of a past life lets your thoughts drift back to when it was a booming factory. Seeing the thousands of spools, and their links to the machinery, led you to actually imagine the sounds and visualize the people who had worked on the factory floor.

Throwing, as used in the name of the mill, constituted pulling and twisting the raw material into a thread that was used in the making of garments and later parachutes. By the 1920’s, the mill employed 359 workers. Just imagining that many people in the factory, made you realize how it must have been an incredibly busy place. The town alone, with its tiny twisting streets, seemed to be developed and tied to a company mindset where everything and everyone relied on the factory. A railroad passed through the center of town which helps to better understand its location since, WV coal mines were not very far down the road. Klotz Throwing Co.,  just like the Nation, went from feast to famine during the depression which was closely followed by WW II.

The mill went through a number of growing spurts that saw sanctions on raw silk from Japan, which almost closed the facility, to the start of a synthetic silk called rayon. By the 1950’s, silk demand was dwindling and the workers’ pay had also declined. In 1957, due to the poverty level of wages, they decided to strike and without warning, the owners closed the factory. The mill was shut down so quickly that to this day when you arrive on the second floor, you can still find a room with bins of shoes and other personal belongings. This sudden abandonment lends to the atmosphere of human trauma and decay that you can still feel permeates the building.

We see it throughout our nation… factories and businesses, both large and small are closing. Like a spider’s web, each thread spun is interconnected and leads to the center. The heart of our society is also woven one thread at a time. That thread of life is not just a single factory in Lonaconing but also one that connects us to each of the families that worked there. This emotion is as prevalent today as it was on that factory floor, where each incomplete severed piece of silk thread represents a family’s hopelessness…. or rebirth.

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166 responses

  1. ok, I’ll leave the 166th comment:) Must have been FP! Neat collection of images showing color, detail and bringing that history to life as you felt. Thanks for posting your incredible images!

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    July 9, 2013 at 7:13 pm

  2. My friend, you brought the magical history of the silk mill to life. You gave us a glimpse of the past in the most inspiring, moving of visuals. I’m glad this priceless place is preserved and well maintained. Every day we loose ancient treasures in favor of modernism which I personally think is sad and tragic. They say, “To loose a part of the past, we loose a part of ourselves.”

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    February 24, 2013 at 8:29 am

    • So very right ‘IT’…. we should always hold our past in high regards. Thanks for the reference and thoughtful insight.

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      March 23, 2013 at 12:03 pm

  3. Touching images and blog post Mike. As always, you inspire me!

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    February 10, 2013 at 6:24 pm

    • Thanks Cindy… it touched me also. Trying to get together a new post :-)

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      February 13, 2013 at 1:46 am

  4. The photos make me feel nostalgic for something I’ve never experienced. Great work.

    Congrats on being freshly pressed.

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    January 28, 2013 at 10:50 pm

    • Big thanks for the visit Jeff… I too was pleasantly surprised.

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      February 13, 2013 at 1:48 am

  5. Being a weaver, love your post.

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    January 24, 2013 at 10:06 pm

    • Thank you ADC… glad it spoke to you.

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      February 13, 2013 at 1:53 am

  6. I have nominated you for Versatile and Very Inspiring Blogger award :) To follow up see: http://oneaday34.wordpress.com/2013/01/21/ive-been-nominated-for-a-blogging-award/

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    January 23, 2013 at 11:11 am

  7. A beautiful piece of writing, as well as photography, Mike, as always.
    I’m amazed at how intact and undisturbed the place is. Is it abandoned, or has there been an attempt to preserve it?

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    January 22, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    • Sorry for the delay… it is just as it was left. The owner is trying to raise funds to fix the roof. Being in there just took you back… really appreciate the visit.

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      February 13, 2013 at 1:51 am

  8. Awesome post! Congrats on being Freshly Pressed!

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    January 19, 2013 at 10:39 pm

    • Thanks Adrian… something that caught me by surprise. Love your sky shots and thanks for the visit.

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      January 19, 2013 at 10:49 pm

      • You’re welcome. You deserved it. It will be so cool to be Freshly Pressed some day. Thanks, I am beginning to have an obsession with photographing the sky.

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        January 19, 2013 at 10:52 pm

  9. Excellent work. You really captured time with these photos. I make furniture from reclaimed buildings and structures so I get to visit these time machines as well. I never go without a crowbar and a camera.

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    January 19, 2013 at 9:49 am

    • LOL…. I can see me promptly being thrown out coming in with a crowbar :-)
      It must be fascinating to feel this old wood and work with it… thanks for the visit.

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      January 19, 2013 at 10:31 pm

  10. these are fantastic pictures. You truly capture the glimpses of age and mystery

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    January 17, 2013 at 12:36 pm

    • Thank you for taking the time to comment and happy you felt this from my photos.

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      January 17, 2013 at 11:10 pm

  11. Love how your pictures emote… they bring out the past grandeur and are tinged with a little bit of sadness from the inevitability of changing times… Beautiful, like a sonnet!

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    January 15, 2013 at 4:25 pm

    • Yes, sadness was actually one of many emotions felt there… thank you so much for your visit and comment. I think you add a new category of foodie to your post… ‘F.I.T. (frozen in time) for foodies who recognize good food by their photo (me) :-)

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      January 16, 2013 at 11:24 pm

      • How sweet! Thank you very much! Look forward to many more of such evocative posts from you… and connects thereafter!

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        January 22, 2013 at 12:07 pm

  12. Wow, there are a lot of comments here and why not. You did a great job of bringing life and a sense of place to this wonderful antique. I always love your sets of images. They all pretty much stand on their own as great photographs but together they really play off each other to make their whole more than the sum of their beautiful parts.

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    January 15, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    • Thanks Rich… thanks for keeping up with this post. Glad to actually get to speak with you at SJCC… big fan of your work!!!!

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      January 16, 2013 at 11:26 pm

  13. beautiful..a feast to the eyes, knowledge to the brain and pain to the heart..good work!

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    January 15, 2013 at 9:19 am

  14. Love the pictures. Here in Belfast, Ireland, there are many old mill buildings around, most of which have now been re-purposed. It’s unusual to see a place like this, where the remains of human activity have been frozen in time; a kind of record of the mill’s last working day. It brings to mind the images of the Orkney island of Swona as recorded by Ruth Paxton, whose family friends were the last to leave the now uninhabited island, and left their belongings in the house, believing they would soon return.

    Your photographs demonstrate the importance of ‘the everyday': this silk mill was once a hive of routine. I record literary ‘snapshots’ of everyday life in Belfast on my blog, Vernacularisms, although I keep the images separate (on my Pinterest and Facebook pages) so that they don’t impact on the text. One of my objectives is to allow the reader’s imagination free rein (i.e. they can imagine the scenes I describe occurring in their locality).

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    January 14, 2013 at 10:00 am

    • Jason … nice to hear from you. Totally understand the text and pic visua from bot an avid reader and photographer. I really appreciate the comment and feedback, love the history from Swona.l

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      January 15, 2013 at 1:08 am

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  16. WOW!

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    January 13, 2013 at 2:43 pm

  17. Ironically, I was watching this blog when I came upon your post:
    TEDxNapa, The Science of Interconnectedness: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NOVMb5t3HyQ [

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    January 13, 2013 at 1:34 pm

    • See we are all really connected by that thread :-)
      Thanks for the visit.

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      January 16, 2013 at 11:27 pm

  18. Reblogged this on Oyia Brown.

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    January 13, 2013 at 9:48 am

  19. Reblogged this on Oyia Brown.

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    January 13, 2013 at 9:48 am

  20. Awesome photography. You are very talented. One of the topics of my blog is photography and I am a hobbyist photographer myself, so I love to look at other people’s work. :)

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    January 13, 2013 at 12:40 am

    • Thanks William…. love the set up of your blog. In the summer I head to Rockport ME to Maine Media College which we share with Film students from around the world. Glad to see that film is a big part of your life.

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      January 13, 2013 at 1:44 am

      • Thank You. Rockport is a nice town. Maine is gorgeous too. Film is definitely a big part, and something I plan to make into a career in the near future. Although Photography will always be a passion as well. :)

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        January 13, 2013 at 1:49 am

  21. Amazing photos…! Glances of a abandoned castle to me :)

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    January 13, 2013 at 12:09 am

    • You could not have said it any better…. seeing there are not many castles in the US :-)

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      January 13, 2013 at 1:37 am

  22. Yes, great post right there, I liked it. My name is Carlos, if you are interested in ‘Surfski’ I invite you to follow our blog! Regards.

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    January 12, 2013 at 7:02 pm

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  24. Wow!

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    January 12, 2013 at 1:36 pm

  25. Reblogged this on The Linden Chronicles and commented:
    These pictures capture the atmosphere of the time of factories in the US. Pictures of this silk factory capture the imagination of the era.

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    January 12, 2013 at 1:23 pm

  26. The picture displays exactly what you intended…a look at a time long ago opens the mind to how the scene would have looked. Great photography!

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    January 12, 2013 at 1:18 pm

    • Hi Pat…. just wanted to say thanks for the visit and very kind words. I love it when the pictures direct my essay and this post did not disappoint me.

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      January 12, 2013 at 5:00 pm

      • CandiceReyes

        Hi, just chanced upon your blog. Aside from the nostalgia I get from these images, I like how you wrote your insights and yes that’s true, it’s better when “pictures direct” our essays.

        I’ve been into photography for years, but i just started photoblogging. This post inspired me to post more work. :) Thanks for sharing!

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        January 15, 2013 at 3:51 am

  27. i like the photo of the old pair of shoes on the table, so much detail in the wooden floorboard… gives a warm fuzzy feeling :)

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    January 12, 2013 at 1:06 pm

    • Well PoP…. that first image was almost not seen as I was very wrapped up in getting the whole picture and almost forgot to shoot the details.

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      January 12, 2013 at 5:08 pm

      • yeah sometimes the best pictures are not intentional :) probably it was a Zen moment

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        January 21, 2013 at 12:22 pm

  28. Words and photos – a tremendous combination.

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    January 12, 2013 at 10:57 am

    • Thanks and love your poetry Bee!!!!

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      January 12, 2013 at 5:09 pm

  29. Reblogged this on Lulu's Musings and commented:
    As a weaver, how could I not like these photos. How sad it makes me that so much of this country’s textile industry has disappeared. In fact, there aren’t just a whole lot of hand weavers either.

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    January 11, 2013 at 9:48 pm

    • Thanks Linda for the reblog…. really glad my post touched a thread :-)
      Small world…. I drive up to Rockport every summer to the Maine Media Collage and I have a daughter in TX!!!

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      January 11, 2013 at 10:10 pm

      • Its funny you ask…. in my real life I am a teacher but not of photography. I take classes at MMC and each and everyone has inspired my hobby.

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        January 11, 2013 at 11:32 pm

      • Touch base next time you’re there.

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        January 12, 2013 at 10:27 pm

  30. Love the photos! As a former newspaper reporter/photographer, I appreciate that your photos tell the story as well as your words. These kinds of places are always so poignant, and you can almost hear the echoes of voices of people long gone.

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    January 11, 2013 at 7:16 pm

    • My photos don’t always tell a story, but when they do it brings on a whole new meaning. Really appreciate the kind words and glad to see ‘MAC’ is back :-)

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      January 12, 2013 at 5:19 pm

  31. 69pcrepair

    I think it is very interesting what you do here and thank you for sharing with us. I look forward to reading more blog posts from you.

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    January 11, 2013 at 5:22 pm

    • Thanks for the follow… I usually post about twice a month.

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      January 12, 2013 at 5:21 pm

  32. cftc10

    Reblogged this on cftc10.

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    January 11, 2013 at 3:19 pm

  33. I went to an old mill similar to this in the UK in Manchester, i wish i would of had a camera with me it would of took beautiful photos! These are lovely, they express such emotion and desertion.

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    January 11, 2013 at 3:10 pm

    • Believe me I know exactly how you feel … I have been without mine several times. Thanks for the comment.

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      January 12, 2013 at 5:23 pm

  34. Old mill windows seem to give the best light. Your images are very strong and have a real emotional feel to them.

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    January 11, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    • So happy you said that about the windows, as many were still intact. They sure do give of a different vibe.

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      January 12, 2013 at 5:25 pm

  35. Reblogged this on Bradford Art and commented:
    Great Reading !!!

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    January 11, 2013 at 11:46 am

    • Thanks for th reblog Brad and comment.

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      January 11, 2013 at 10:12 pm

  36. Reblogged this on virtualborscht and commented:
    There is a thread that connects us all—the soul of the world. What a profound photo essay on moments of the past which weave us together in liminal space. Thank you!

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    January 11, 2013 at 11:29 am

    • Your welcome ‘MP’…. as you know we all are, and should be tied to our past.

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      January 12, 2013 at 5:29 pm

      • We are in many deep ways, haunting ways. My life is now devoted to my ancestors and the trauma which they experienced.

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        January 12, 2013 at 10:07 pm

  37. thats beautiful! I loved your images…

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    January 11, 2013 at 9:45 am

    • Thanks Tijen… you have a truly interesting blog!!!!

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      January 12, 2013 at 5:32 pm

  38. I really enjoyed this so much! outstanding !

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    January 11, 2013 at 9:44 am

    • Thanks for the comment ‘Silver’ and really like this quote from your blog….
      “I am no Scientist with a camera.
      That is I am self taught and play by ear,
      but the notes i play I do by heart and this is my song:
      with Pictures.”

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      January 12, 2013 at 5:35 pm

  39. Reblogged this on limoindc.

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    January 11, 2013 at 9:44 am

    • Thanks for the reblog ‘limo’… its really cool to reach a diff audience.

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  40. What I think is you did a stand-out job on this article… from content and pictures to a heart filled telling of feelings and the past- well done and great shots with this.

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    January 11, 2013 at 9:31 am

    • Russell really appreciate the comments.

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      January 12, 2013 at 6:01 pm

  41. Reblogged this on dsyifa01.

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    January 11, 2013 at 7:58 am

    • Really appreciate the reblog!!!!

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      January 11, 2013 at 10:17 pm

  42. congrats on being freshly pressed Mike… Your pictures are forever beautiful.. so much talent.. i love all of them.. :-)

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    January 11, 2013 at 7:44 am

    • *lol, sorry, my mistake, i thought your pics are on freshly pressed, the new wordpress is a little annoying. Your pictures are still very stunning though. :-D

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      January 11, 2013 at 7:45 am

    • seby23m

      True. Are amazing!

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      January 11, 2013 at 8:02 am

      • Thanks Seby.

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        January 16, 2013 at 11:30 pm

  43. thank you-I enjoyed the post

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    January 11, 2013 at 7:20 am

  44. Beautiful!

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    January 11, 2013 at 6:54 am

  45. What a wonderful place!

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    January 11, 2013 at 6:35 am

    • So glad you enjoyed the visit.

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      January 12, 2013 at 6:03 pm

  46. Oliwer-twistian atmosphere on these pictures…

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    January 11, 2013 at 5:00 am

    • I like that description… big thanks for the visit.

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      January 16, 2013 at 11:32 pm

  47. I just love the atmosphere of old buildings, to see the things left behind and to breathe the atmosphere where people have lived and worked before. This blog is awesome.

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    January 11, 2013 at 2:30 am

    • Tony…. thanks for your comment… your blog is really interesting. The process and the outcome are fascinating!!!!!

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      January 12, 2013 at 6:12 pm

      • Thankyou for looking. I am a very visual person and pictures like yours of the old factory are fascinating. Glad you like my blog, I try to put something on each week. Have a good weekend (what’s left of it). Tony

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        January 12, 2013 at 8:32 pm

  48. Your story is intriguing! The imagery you created in your writing of the “thread” that connects us is captured perfectly through the use of line in your photographs.
    Ace!

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    January 11, 2013 at 12:18 am

    • Coming from a fellow creative that means a lot !!!

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      January 12, 2013 at 6:20 pm

  49. Spectacular

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    January 10, 2013 at 10:30 pm

    • Thanks for the comment.

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      January 16, 2013 at 11:34 pm

  50. Reblogged this on Jaggi.

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    January 10, 2013 at 10:16 pm

    • Many thanks for the reblog!!!!

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      January 11, 2013 at 10:23 pm

  51. Very nice essay and pics. I am curious, though … how has this place remained intact for 50 years? Is it a museum, or what? How is it being protected and preserved? And who can go inside, under what conditions?

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    January 10, 2013 at 9:24 pm

    • Hey Lisa…. it is just able to get by on visitations by appointment, usually by small groups of photogs. The owner is trying to raise money to repair the roof which he feels this winter might do it in. Big thanks for the visit and comments. Love your blog!!!!

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      January 10, 2013 at 11:04 pm

      • Too bad I’m all the way on the other side of the country … I’d be as excited to take my cameras in there as you were. ;-) They should make it into a museum, though, and charge a few bucks a head a few days a week. Bet that would pay for the roof!

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        January 11, 2013 at 12:30 am

  52. Beautifully articulated through both words and photos. You have great talent!!!!

    cooleyconcepts.wordpress.com

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    January 10, 2013 at 9:09 pm

    • Lauren… love your blog and good luck in school. Really appreciate your comments.

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      January 11, 2013 at 10:25 pm

  53. inspirable photos! i like architecture, ruin etc…i’ll enjoy your posts;)

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    January 10, 2013 at 8:50 pm

    • Thanks for the visit and comment…”Snow Country’… love your blog. Have you visited the snow monkeys??? It is on my bucket list!!!!

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      January 16, 2013 at 11:37 pm

  54. As a weaver, I would absolutely have loved this visit. You did it justice with your photos.

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    January 10, 2013 at 8:33 pm

  55. Amazing!!!! Thanks for sharing. http://www.charliemccoin.wordpress.com

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    January 10, 2013 at 8:14 pm

  56. I love the blog post. The artwork is awesome, but I think you have an equally great gift that you are not admitting. You are a great writer. Thank you!

    – Ressurrection Graves
    @AJourneyToLove

    http://www.facebook.com/ressurrectiongraves

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    January 10, 2013 at 7:43 pm

    • Big thanks for the kind words…. hey….. fascinating blog!!!!!

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      January 11, 2013 at 10:38 pm

  57. Magnificent post! Not only do I love to learn of the history of our “Glory Days” I love how you tied it up so beautifully with the photo’s. ( with only the beauty that silk can bring )
    I would be right there with you, looking, wondering, imagining what it was like…….

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    January 10, 2013 at 7:31 pm

    • You summed up my post very nicely…. thank you for the visit… all the descriptions you used were felt and more!!!

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      January 16, 2013 at 11:40 pm

  58. Very beautiful and interesting. Thanks for sharing.

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    January 10, 2013 at 7:20 pm

    • Actually big thanks to you for your visit and comment.

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      January 16, 2013 at 11:40 pm

  59. An interesting place wonderfully illustrated. Very well done.

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    January 10, 2013 at 7:14 pm

    • Big thanks coming from a fellow photog. Love your quote in your blog “i live in rome, italy, but i choose english for my blog because it is, quite simply the second most popular language in the world. the most universal language being, obviously, photography”

      Perfectly stated!!!!

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      January 16, 2013 at 11:46 pm

  60. Reblogged this on licardoblog.

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    January 10, 2013 at 7:10 pm

  61. I love the little moments of colour all over the place – like the bricks, the magazine and the bobbins. It’s as if all the efforts of the workers have seeped little by little into the surrounding environment and stained it with the sweat of their brows.

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    January 10, 2013 at 7:03 pm

    • Fantastic observance… that magazine was a bonus found in the basement.

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  62. Violet

    Wonderful blog post. I enjoyed your photos. Good luck in all that you do.

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    January 10, 2013 at 5:33 pm

    • Thanks Violet…. and thanks for the visit.

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      January 16, 2013 at 11:48 pm

  63. Was this an assignment? It’s very well written and the images are out of this world.

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    January 10, 2013 at 5:29 pm

    • Thanks ‘P’ … sorry for the delay this post kinda exploded. Not an assignment but a place found through other like minded photogs.

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      January 16, 2013 at 11:51 pm

  64. Love all the photos. On a different but similar note, I think the reason I like the pictures is because they are all of things that are well used. I love something that is so useful that it is well used. I have a new leather bag that is fantastic, but it is new. It will rock when it is broken in, but for not I miss my old bag. Thats what your pictures reminded me of.

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    January 10, 2013 at 4:53 pm

    • You are right ‘Primal’ I did not see it that way until you stated it…. like it!!!!

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      January 16, 2013 at 11:53 pm

  65. Beautiful photo and lovely story…I love the history and passage of time you fin in old buildings…

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    January 10, 2013 at 4:33 pm

    • Thanks… love your about page :-)

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      January 16, 2013 at 11:59 pm

  66. Reblogged this on Anchoring Hope.

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    January 10, 2013 at 4:32 pm

    • Thanks for the reblog!!!!!

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  67. Captivating images and a thoughtful visit in the past. Each picture tells a story of life around it …… people, little things, action. Thanks for sharing. – Renu

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    January 10, 2013 at 4:23 pm

    • Thanks Renu… I try to get as much out of a shot as possible. It is great to hear your insight.

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      January 17, 2013 at 12:02 am

  68. Great read textured with awesome imagery and outstanding photos. Thanks for sharing! We have an old textile mill in our Midwestern city located near the downtown area that has been turned into a rustic dining spot ~ they have preserved the history of the building from the outside and much as possible inside! I’m new here and still stumbling with awkward settings. I come back from time to time to feel my way around (smile)!

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    January 10, 2013 at 4:20 pm

    • Thank you… feel free to stumble back anytime… really appreciate your comment. Sorry for the delay, this post took on a life of its own :-)

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      January 17, 2013 at 12:05 am

  69. Amazing photos. It’s as though you can hear their voices. Thank you.

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    January 10, 2013 at 4:04 pm

    • Thanks for the visit ‘Neo’ good luck in your photo project. Those voices seemed real at times :-)

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      January 17, 2013 at 12:10 am

      • Thanks so much. I’ve completed the 365 project, but I will keep on learning and posting.

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        January 17, 2013 at 12:30 am

  70. Gorgeous photos… and you are right about the unraveling in this nation.

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    January 10, 2013 at 3:55 pm

  71. mrmattpieroni

    The photos are great, but the feelign of the past is what I love. I just returned from a holiday visit home to Indiana. Old auto factories spread across the town I am from and many have been torn down since my last visit. Knowing some stories of the past, but wondering what is going to happen in these spots in the future is what grabbed my attention.

    Thanks for the info,

    Mr Matt Pieroni
    http://www.MrMattPieroni.Com

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    January 10, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    • Hey a fellow teacher!!!! My day job also…. thanks for the comment.

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      January 17, 2013 at 12:14 am

  72. A spider’s web of connectivity – breathtaking in word and imagery.

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    January 10, 2013 at 3:18 pm

    • Thanks ‘Scribble’… sorry for the late response but this post some how turned viral. Love your post ‘to my son’. Again really appreciate the comment.

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      January 17, 2013 at 12:18 am

  73. Great texture, color and POV. You captured the detail so well.

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    January 8, 2013 at 12:24 am

    • That texture just ooozed from everywhere. At first I thought it would be to confining to shoot… but as you know, once you are wrapped up in a place things just happen.

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      January 9, 2013 at 5:39 pm

  74. Fantastic photos – from a vanished world – they are full of stories and atmosphere…

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    January 6, 2013 at 11:34 am

    • Thanks Truels for stopping by…. the stories could be felt all around.

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      January 7, 2013 at 1:19 am

  75. Fascinating… Such wonderful images, and equally wonderful that you’re documenting such an integral and enormous part of our heritage — in this beautiful way. Respecting all those who once walked and worked these factory halls….

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    January 5, 2013 at 2:00 pm

    • Yes… from the outside I did not feel a thing… but once inside, it just flowed.

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      January 7, 2013 at 1:21 am

  76. OOh Mike, gorgeous! Absolutely stunning.. You are a true catcher of light and all things lovely! :-)

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    January 5, 2013 at 11:56 am

    • Big thanks Abby… the light I believe is what gave this place its aurora.

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      January 7, 2013 at 1:22 am

  77. That was a very interesting read. It sounds like such a different experience too. How long did you spend wandering around? I bet you could easily spend hours there!

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    January 5, 2013 at 12:13 am

    • You could easily lose yourself as I did for 5hrs there. I only shot the top floor, stairwell and part of the basement. Plan to go back in the spring and finish the basement and the main floor.

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      January 7, 2013 at 1:25 am

  78. Beth Jackson

    What wonderful talent you have. I admire your ability to capture the aura of the mill in your writing and photograpy. I would like to visit this place someday.

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    January 4, 2013 at 12:30 pm

    • Well whats stopping you??? Big thanks for the visit, I really appreciate your comments.

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      January 7, 2013 at 1:27 am

  79. Skip Vandegrift

    Your essay and the comments can’t be said any better. Congratulations! Skip Vandegrift

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    January 4, 2013 at 12:26 pm

    • Just knowing you visited means a lot Skip.

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      January 7, 2013 at 1:28 am

  80. denisebushphoto

    GREAT job Mike! Having photographed the mill myself your words and images ring true with the experience of being there! Much better than the haiku posted on my blog back in September! I see you found the shoes and the watering can is right where I left it!

    Sad and all alone,
    still hear the factory hum,
    only ghosts remain.

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    January 4, 2013 at 9:30 am

    • Thanks ‘D’ for showing me the way and leaving lil hints along the dusty path. Still like your poem :-)

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      January 7, 2013 at 1:30 am

  81. Pat

    Wonderful HDR images, Mike. I loved reading about the history of this mill.

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    January 4, 2013 at 9:30 am

    • Thanks Pat… I still love playing with natural and unnatural light.

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      January 7, 2013 at 1:31 am

  82. You make the best out of that visit. Very good images and fine thoughts.

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    January 4, 2013 at 9:16 am

    • Thanks for the visit Maru… I always try to make the most of my time because I never know when I will be back.

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      January 7, 2013 at 1:32 am

  83. You captured the spirit and mystery of the mill very nicely. It is quite an experience to visit there and walk back in time and space…I like the way you have respected it while telling the mill’s story with your images.

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    January 4, 2013 at 8:11 am

    • Thanks Mike …sounds like you know the place. It was easy to respect the place… history just poured out everywhere.

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      January 7, 2013 at 1:34 am

  84. Excellent images Mike, and a good read taking you into the history of the building and people who worked in it. Very thought provoking.

    I agree the HDR effect works well with this subject. Which software do you use for this technique as a matter of interest?

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    January 4, 2013 at 4:49 am

    • Big thanks for the visit and comments ‘Skuk2′. I use NIK software…HDR efx2 and Silver efx2 but most of the time just LR3.

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      January 7, 2013 at 1:36 am

  85. This is beautiful, Mike. I can sense the spirits that still maintain a presence in some of your thoughtful images. #3 is my favorite, but I also find myself waiting for one of them to come around the corner of the stairway in #8. Lovely, sensitive HDR treatment also.

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    January 4, 2013 at 1:11 am

    • Gary … glad you sensed it from my pics. For some in our small group it almost became unnerving and they had to go outside for awhile. For me I did not even have to close my eyes… I kept envisioning people all around and it almost felt comforting.

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      January 7, 2013 at 1:41 am

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