On August 2nd I joined Nate and a number of Rochester & Canadian explorers on a trip out to Lockport, NY to check out the abandoned Flintkote facility. This structure is not far from the center of Lockport and natural encroachment by new tree growth shows that this abandonment is roughly three decades old. Flintkote made a variety of products from asphalt shingles and road materials to various asbestos materials. Ultimately asbestos related claims are what brought Flintkote down. This location was used for producing asbestos although fortunately while we were there just about everything was damp.
Unfortunately I didn’t shoot terribly much at Flintkote. I wish I had brought a wider lens and tilt shifts to capture some of the rooms and features of the abandoned buildings. This is definitely a location I will revisit and I already know what equipment I will want to bring with me to capture it better next time.
I can’t say I’m particularly in love with anything I shot, but hopefully some will grow on me. I just wanted to post them here to share even if they aren’t my best work. I took the opportunity to explore the possibilities of HDR as well and I will definitely continue to toy with that process where I feel it is appropriate. I have used HDR before but generally find it of limited utility however the incredibly broad tonal range presented by many abandoned structures combined with many interesting details make them an ideal candidate for using HDR techniques.