As promised previously, a few snaps from this afternoon.
Pabst beer was brewed in Milwaukee for 152 years, and at its peak in 1978 was one of the largest labels in America. But by the 1990s the company had gone into steep decline and become a "virtual brewery" (contracting out the making of its beer). The company still exists today, but in 1996 the huge historic brewery complex in Milwaukee was closed. Abandoned since then, it's slated for urban renewal beginning very soon, although the final plans haven't been revealed to the public yet.
Once renowned far and wide for its tours, the ruins are still toured by visitors...frequently including photographers. Our friend Jack MacDonough (you've crossed his path before in these pages) invited me to come with him today to photograph in the old bottling plant.
I noticed right away that we have different modus operandi. Jack sets right up and starts shooting—whereas I'd reconnoiter the whole joint first, then decide where I wanted to shoot. The scene at the top of the post is what meets the eye right inside the door where we entered the old building.
Jack was working—he'll sell pictures he made today. I, on the other hand, was just messin' around:
Messing around or not, I should have brought my tripod along. Tactical error. The picture below probably comes off the worst of the four here on the blog page, because you're seeing it too small, but on my screen it's the one that interests me the most. (I suppose you have to like pictures of photographers working, which of course I do.)
Unfortunately I had to push the little GF1 to ISO 1600, which is beyond its limits. The file is pretty crungey close in. Maybe I'll send it to Ctein so he can work his industrial light and magic on the offending pixels; this one would be a challenge to print.
(By the way, see all that whitish cruft on the ground in front of the archway? Bird feathers.)
It was fun to get out from behind the computer and do some shooting today. I don't get around much anymore.
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