Wednesday, January 14, 2009

the mystery at the old cotton mill.

I've always had a facination for the old cotton mill in my town. Every time I would pass I would be intregued by it's worn red bricks, blue weather beaten windows, and sad-- empty vibe. I have a thing for old abandon houses, and this seemed right up my alley.

I scoped the area for questionable folk, and found the area to be quite peaceful. I found a whole slew of cars just around the other side of the building and a brand new sales office just to the side-- it looks as if the old cotton mill will be used once again for weddings, offices and lofts. Feeling out the place, I decide it's safe to get out of the car...

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If you look from far away, the building seems so sad and loney. Abandon and used... but really, if you take a closer look-- you find signs of beauty and art.
My sidekick and I happen upon this hidden miniture door. There is light pouring through the chalky opaque green hue glass. It's quite beautiful, I wish it wasn't locked... I think I would crawl inside for a better look. (or at least poke my head inside...)

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The suns rays catch and illuminate the individual square panels of green and blue glass.
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The windows are so high, I had trouble seeing inside, but after a few leaping jumps-- I catch a few peeks. I see a large metal silo inside marked with the stencil {formula X}. How intruging.
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But the glass, it was my favorite. My lens had a slight affair with the blue glow of the cotton mill glass.
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Do you see any ghosts in there?
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It was at this moment that I caught a glimpse of a "no trespassing" sign-- so I hurried around for a few more quick shots. (Both my sidekick and I swear that we heard people whispering-- but we didn't see anybody! Oooooooooooooo!)
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Looking up!
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We found the intricate rusty vents that we ran into on our first adventure. I love the contrast of the red and green.
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And OH! I knew I brought this kid with me for something, he was the one who discovered that there were rooms inside the vents. It was too dark to take pictures, but we saw all sorts of things in there!
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Goodbye old cotton mill. Your old bones aren't so spooky anymore, and I am sure I will come back to visit another day.
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32 comments:

WishTrish said...

I have a thing for old architecture and empty buildings, too. I especially love barns and manufacturing plants. I dunno why. Born that way, I guess. Thanks for taking us on this adventure! Every photo is oh-so-delicious!

sandy said...

Great pictures! I love old buildings like that. I always like to imagine what it was like in its hayday:)

angi_b72 said...

That is an awesome building!!Great pictures!

Erin, Nick and Merrick said...

Wow- gorgeous.

Shiny Things said...

Oh my goodness what a beautiful old building! You take such lovely pictures!

mamapickle said...

It is amazing that the vines are still sooo green. Most everywhere else they have gone away for the winter, even though ours is pretty mild.Beautiful pics

Astrid said...

Pretty photos!

I bet that place would really awesome if someone came in and modernized it....that sort of thing is really popular (either turn it into apartments or a restaurant with shops/etc).

Schluter said...

That building is beautiful!

Miki said...

OoooOOOoooh, your pictures! My favorite was the green ivy next to the rusty thingamajig. My favorite sentence was, "My lens had a slight affair with the blue glow of the cotton mill glass."

lol...you're just so fun and the picture right after that sentence made me feel as though I were right there with you. SO WEIRD how pictures can make you actually feel things.

Julie said...

great pics, love good finds like that

Sara said...

Those pictures are awesome! What a great place!

Tamie said...

the on where you're looking straight up is a great photo! fabulous angle.
love them all!

Blissful Babe said...

So awesome!! I totally love the 3rd photo. It's just gorgeous.

As soon as I get a job, I may have to buy a print from you! ;) :p

xoxo

imjacobsmom said...

How intriguing - I love old abandoned buildings and so does Jacob. What a fun outing. Great photos. ~ Robyn

Susie said...

You have a unique eye for art.

Amber said...

How beautiful! Those glass windows are very cool.

Jenni said...

I love old buildings too. So much photographic potential. You captured this one beautifully.

imjacobsmom said...

Hey, I'm back - I just wanted to pass along a tag game stop on by to check it out. ~ Robyn

LMHDesigns said...

absolutely luscious photography! I love old buildings like this and love the history behind them even more. I can't wait for a return visit!

smilingsarahbear said...

You have such beautiful images on your blog. I can always count on it for some great eye candy! I love this post and I love that this was a sweet trip with your son. You're awesome.

Kellie H said...

I love the colors! It seems like you are getting a hang of your camera.

Live.Love.Eat said...

Spooky girl!!!!!!!

meg duerksen said...

this is a really beautiful place. i would have done the same thing you did. :)
love the colors!

angela | the painted house said...

Gorgeous pics. You and I would get along swimmingly, me thinks. I've been known to trespass for the sake of art a time or two (or three).

Thanks for sharing!

Hanah said...

Em those pictures are just GORGEOUS!! I LOVE those windows!! What an awesome place!

Kim said...

That is right up my ally! My dream is to one day live in an old warehouse or factory!

windhula said...

Beautiful photo essay! Your photography is breathtaking. Love that building.

Jenna Lewis Cox said...

those are great pics! it looks like this place that is close to my house called the Factory. It ALL looks like that. So cool. I take a lot of my pictures there b/c it is soo cool! GREAT job!

G. said...

Beautiful Pictures!

Heather said...

I would have had a hard time not sneaking in to snoop around. These are some great shots!

Rhea said...

I've actually stopped and taken photos there also. I love that old building. I didn't get out of the car though. I just rolled down the window and drove to different sides.

I love your photos. Nice work!!

Miss G said...

this is where I got married! I linked over to your blog from somewhere . . . maybe meg duerksen's? And at the bottom of one of the recent posts it said, "you might also like . . . this post and I looked at the little thumbnail and knew exactly where this was!!!" Here is one post with some of that great wavy blue glass from the inside: http://sundrenchedmoments.blogspot.com/2009/01/wedding-pic.html
and there are plenty of other pics from the cotton mill from the inside mostly on my blog. We did get some great wedding photos outside too.

Also, after we picked it as our wedding site and my grandpa saw a picture online, he said that he'd been there before. When he was 11 and he worked for a summer picking cotton with his uncle and they'd deliver it there! Wild, huh? Did you know it was the world's largest producer of denim until 1969? Fun facts. Neat to run into this on your blog. Kelly