Ever since picking up my first camera eons ago, there has been a draw to those structures that have been abandoned and long forgotten. There is a sympathetic draw to these locations harkening to some deeply suppressed emotions which bear out a brotherhood of destiny seeming so important to share visually. One such location that has taunted me with its boarded windows, crumbling brick and rusting metal is the old Metropolitan Power Plant in Columbus. Always off limits with cameras and barbed wire fencing, it too is facing its final minutes of existence.
Once again, I have been able to draw on the talents of my newest model Michael to explore these industrial bones and cast his lithe body as human contrast to these rusting entities. And these shots are not without hazard, this is still a dangerous place to work especially as bits and pieces are getting dissected. The floors heave with bent metal, piles of rust and ash from them furnaces.
It was also a challenge utilizing the faint autumnal light that was falling through holes in the roof or small windows. Only a few spots offered brighter options with larger windows. I feel that the darkness enhances the shadow of the impending future of this industrial carcass. There was no lack of humor either as my assistant of the day, Don and myself joked with the Michael at his dire attempts to keep clean and resistant to spiders. It was quite a challenge for poor Michael!
Exciting, challenging, a beautiful cascade of destruction and a great model led to some wonderful images that, once again, will probably never get replicated. The future of this building is not totally predictable. There still may be hope to repurpose it’s shell. Only the time can shed light on that option. Meanwhile there are these interim images to record it’s transition and seal it’s memory.