All of my pictures this week are of the same hallway. It’s an old cotton mill, built in the early 1800s. It has been converted into — among other things — a television studio and a carpentry shop and showroom.
The architecture is beautiful. Lots of rich, dark wood. Speaking of dark, the building’s “mill” roots show in the lack of windows. The only natural light comes in through the front doors. Otherwise, there’s some dim recessed lighting overhead.
It was a challenge taking pictures in this light, but also a lot of fun and they converted nicely to black and white since the color in them was very muted.
The final of these four shots was converted using an “antique analog” black and white effect.
Analog monochrome toning
When you live in a small town, your “civic buildings” are appropriately sized which is to say, small.
This is our library. Built in 1889. It’s small. Too small, really. Bursting at the seams, but the town has not been able to fund its expansion. It is a beautiful building and was the first free library in Massachusetts. That is big!
Downtown Uxbridge on a sunny August day. Garry’s Armstrong’s Uxbridge.
It was the middle of the day. Quiet for a Tuesday. Maybe it was the heat. Or more likely, the humidity.
This week’s topic is Older Than 50 Years (1965). The one question everyone asks if you can have people over 50. The answer is yes, but I would hope they have a lot of character and are closer to age 100. The possibilities for this challenge are endless.
Living in this part of New England, many things around here (including us) are old — and still very much in use. Barns and houses, old trucks and cars. Old mills and farm equipment to name just a few.
The possible responses to this challenge were so enormous, I wasn’t even sure where to begin. Eventually, I looked for images I thought would convert well to black and white. I found two residences on Boston’s Beacon Hill, and a third of my tepee.
After all these years, I still miss my tepee.