The antique tractor pull was one of my favorite events at the fair and provided lots of panning practice over the years. Sadly, they dropped this event a few years back.
I haven’t photographed the Frederick Fair in a couple of years, and the weather may not cooperate this year, so we’ll dig into the archives for one of my favorites from years past. I was walking back to my car after photographing the midway at night and this food vendor caught my eye. Thought it would look nice in black and white.
On a photo charter in February 2016, Christopher Brang assesses the situation while working on a stuck brake that has halted progress down the hill.
One of my goals for the year is to photograph the people involved in the operations of these historic machines more than I have in the past rather than simply focusing on the trains. Fortunately I have a couple opportunities to practice this year.
Tomorrow (unless postponed by weather) is the 2017 edition of the Antietam Memorial Illumination. I won’t be attending this year as I have other commitments, but I highly recommend anyone in the area making the trip to Sharpsburg to drive through the Battlefield. The army of volunteers places one luminary on the battlefield for each casualty. Antietam remains our bloodiest day in war with 23,110 casualties, a number that isn’t fully understood until you see it represented in candles.
More information here for those who wish to attend: Antietam Memorial Illumination
Here’s one from the Archives. The Horse Pull at the Great Frederick Fair is a tradition the first Friday of the fair. While it is no longer held at the Grandstand, it is still a fun event. It is incredible seeing the excitement of the horses as they approach the sled. These workhorse breeds are impressive equine athletes.
The Klotz Throwing Company located in Western Maryland may be the last silk mill in America. The mill once employed 300 people, taking raw silk from Japan and spinning it into thread which was shipped to New England to become textiles. The mill closed in 1957 and has remained largely untouched since – one of those places where time truly stands still.
Herb Crawford purchased the mill in 1978 and continues to care for the factory to this day. Unfortunately the roof is badly deteriorated so it may be a loosing battle. Hopefully the mill will last long enough to be saved.
As I said in last Friday’s post, the Klotz Throwing Company has developed a wonderful patina and is full of wonderful photography opportunities. I enjoyed every minute spent at the mill and am looking forward to another trip this fall. Thanks again to Matthew Christopher of Abandoned America for arranging the tour and to Mr. Crawford for allowing us to visit.
Earlier this summer I had the opportunity to attend a photography workshop at the Klotz Throwing Mill, an abandoned silk mill in Maryland. Closed since 1957, the mill has developed a wonderful patina and is full of photography opportunities.
Look for the full trip report on Tuesday.