Lonaconing (abandoned) Silk Mill

Recently, Mary Louise Ravese, who took a light painting workshop with me back in January, suggested that we meet in western Maryland to make photographs at the Lonaconing Silk Mill – an abandoned factory in Maryland. It sounded like a great idea, and a fun time, so Mary Louise met me and photographers Jim Lawson, John Corcoran (my workshop co-instructor), and Mike Munchel. We took the long three and half hour drive to the mill, and were not dissappointed!

John, Harold, Mike, Mary-Louise and Jim

Group_lonaconing

photo by Jim Lawson

The mill, which was owned and operated by the Klotz Throwing Company, closed its doors suddenly in 1957, leaving everything in the building intact. For history buffs, click here for a short article with more information.

Herb Crawford, Owner of the Lonaconing Silk Mill.

Herb_Crawford_Lonaconing

photo by Jim Lawson

The owner of the building, Herb, a wonderful gentleman, has opened the mill to photographers, and many have passed through the building in the last several years. One of the by products of this is that there are obviously objects that have been “set up” by photographers in the past. I found myself moving things around a little as well, but considering that everything in the mill was there during its operation, I had no qualms about doing that. We spent four and a half hours shooting, and here are the images I shot using light painting. The techniques I used here are identical to the techniques I teach in my Light Painting Workshops.

A tape dispenser in the packaging or shipping department…

Photographer Harold Ross's light painted image of tape dispenser from Lanaconing Silk Millphoto by Harold Ross

A locked tool box in the factory…

Photographer Harold Ross's light painted image of a tool box from Lanaconing Silk Millphoto by Harold Ross

One of the main fuse panels bringing in juice…

Photographer Harold Ross's light painted image of a fuse panel from Lanaconing Silk Millphoto by Harold Ross

A pencil sharpener in the packaging or shipping department…

Photographer Harold Ross's light painted image of a pencil sharpener from Lanaconing Silk Millphoto by Harold Ross

The scale in the shipping department…

Photographer Harold Ross's light painted image of a scale from Lanaconing Silk Millphoto by Harold Ross

~ by Harold Ross on June 11, 2013.

3 Responses to “Lonaconing (abandoned) Silk Mill”

  1. Great work! Any chance I can get the contact info for the owner? I would love to make the trek out there to photograph this mill!

  2. I have been to visit Herb many times and I have sent a ton of people his way. Herb is so appreciative of all who passes through! Thanks.. Fantastic photos also!

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