I recently had an opportunity to go back to the Lonaconing Silk Mill to photograph with some friends. All of my previous trips to the mill were during the summer and the place looked so different in the winter. There were no leaves on the trees that surround the mill and snow that had fallen earlier in the day combined to throw more light inside the buildings. This “new light” made me see things differently and I also began to see things that I had missed on earlier trips. In some cases, objects and artifacts that were previously buried under a blanket of darkness were now visible, while in others the light created new opportunities to shoot subjects that I had previously photographed in a different way. The following are a few examples of images from this trip and I intend to post these and more in my Blog Image Gallery.
On a sadder note, although it is only a few months since I last photographed at the silk mill the building has deteriorated significantly. Heavy rainfall in the summer breached the roof, which was already in need of repair. several sections of the roof have already collapsed and several others are propped up with wooden supports, only extending the inevitable. As can be seen in theimages above, most of the windows are now broken and on the day I visited snow was blowing right through the building and settling on the machinery. The Lonaconing Silk Mill is now on life support and it may not survive the winter without attention. This rare example of American history is about to be lost forever.