Exterior, Dodge Steel Castings, Inc. Tacony, Philadelphia, 1992
silver gelatin pinhole contact prints up to 120 inches square in grids of 40 inch squares
The project was conceived around a simple yet powerful idea; use the raw materials from the wasted building and the refuse heaped around it to build a giant rolling pinhole camera to make large scale photographs that document the site. These images were made in the spring and summer of 1992, six years after the factory was closed in 1986. Each photo includes the shadow cast by a piece of personal protective gear found inside the factory. The gear was hung inside the camera, blocking the light from the negative, to appear black in the positive. Photo mural paper was cut into 40 inch squares and stapled to the wall opposite the hole inside the camera. After exposure, the negatives were taken down, rolled up and placed in a box to be developed in my darkroom later. Exposures were approximately one hour in full sun, due to the extreme focal lenghth (72 inches) of the trailer camera.
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