Trip Report – Klotz Throwing Company June 2018

In June I had the opportunity to photograph Klotz Throwing Company for the third time. With the roof rapidly deteriorating, I made sure not to miss this opportunity. On this trip, I focused on the details.

Through The Lens 156 – Klotz Throwing Company

A little ground fog appeared in the basement of the Klotz Throwing Company after a brief rain shower during the June Abandoned America Workshop. One of those right place, right time type of moments. I hope to see Klotz again, but given the roof condition this year, I’m fearful that I’ve made my last visit.

Look for a trip report on Tuesday.

Happy Friday!

Through The Lens 130 – Klotz Throwing Company

I’m heading up to the Klotz Throwing Company this weekend.  Looking forward to spending some time in this special place again.

Happy Friday!

Through The Lens 120 – Reflections

I remember the mirror-like stillness of the water on the floor at Scranton Lace stopped my in my tracks.  It took me a few minutes to find a composition I liked, but the end image was worth the time spend to find it.

Through The Lens 117- A Chair

One of the things I find fascinating during the abandoned building workshop’s I’ve attended is chairs. Photographers move the chairs around the buildings to create scenes. Sometimes it’s an industrial chair sitting by a table suggesting the presence of a worker who stepped away for a minute. Other times it’s an arm chair (like the one above) that was originally part of an office suite placed in the middle of a warehouse or manufacturing area. You never know what you’ll find, but there’s usually an interesting vignette to be photographed.

Through The Lens 112 – Klotz Throwing Company

I made a return trip to the Klotz Throwing Company in the fall for a workshop hosted by Abandoned America. Just finished editing the images, so look for a Trip Report on Tuesday.

Trip Report – Scranton Lace

Last fall I had the opportunity to attend the last tour of Scranton Lace hosted by Abandoned America.  Sadly due to the removal of the roof drain piping, water has created several unsafe conditions in the wooden portions of the complex.  As a architect, I was sad to see such senseless and preventable damage.  As a photographer, I was happy to have had the chance to photograph it, but wished I had known about it sooner.

Scranton Lace opened as the Scranton Lace Curtain Manufacturing Company in 1890, and eventually became the largest producer of Nottingham lace in the United States. Scranton lace continued operations until 2002 when it closed mid-shift. The complex was so large that it included a ballroom, gymnasium, theater, bowling alley, and infirmary, in addition to the vast production and storage facility. My understanding is that the current owners plan to redevelop the site, hopefully they aren’t too late.

Crates:

The last of the Nottingham Looms:

Theater:

Ripples:

Ballroom:

Through The Lens 110 – Scranton Lace

I had the opportunity to attend the last workshop hosted by Abandoned America at the Scranton Lace Company back in November. The complex is in sad shape, but there were still some great photos to be made.

I finished editing the photos from that workshop, so look for a trip report on Tuesday.

Through The Lens 96 – Abandoned Workshop

Here’s one from the workshop in the basement of the Klotz Throwing Mill. When the mill was in operation, machinists would have worked in this space to keep the mill running.

I’m headed there again Sunday with Abandoned America.