Sunday, September 15, 2013

Week One: New Glasgow

Maritime Steel, New Glasgow, NS

Liz sketching architectural elements.
With its rich industrial history and a family connection in downtown New Glasgow, the region seemed like an ideal location to begin working. Having photographed Maritime Steel in the past—thanks to local photographer Tony Decoste for the name correction in my last post—Liz and I decided this would be our first stop. Mixed lighting conditions resulted in a few successful frames, with a couple of shots planned for a better day.

Evening light, Stellarton, NS
Nearby Stellarton is home to one of two remaining coal mines in Nova Scotia and is another important site to visit. A quick evening walk to the Stellarton water tower revealed vast open pit mining, with beautiful seams of coal. The light was perfect, but didn't last long.

Perhaps the most exciting aspect of this past week was visiting Nova Forge Corp in Trenton. The forge still has its early twentieth century smokestacks that flank the east side of the building; a constant reminder of the area's past history. To our surprise, production at Nova Forge had stopped in February of 2013, following a fire a year prior. But the manager—a very helpful and informative fellow—was searching for a way to get the place back up and running and showed interest in our project, allowing us exterior access and was looking into interior access for us as well. Based off of what we saw inside, the interior should make for some compelling photographs.

Nova Forge Corp, Trenton, NS

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