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One more little surprise post from America! I was going to include this in my miscellaneous round-up thread but I liked the photos too much to shove in there amongst others. I first visited this place near as makes no difference a year ago to the day I visited it this time through a weird coincidence, and during that year it appeared that almost nothing has changed inside other than a litle bit more graffiti. I covered the site in greater detail last year so this time I broke out my 30mm Sigma prime lens for some arty goodness. This power plant was at one point part of a large carpet mill, and has been left abandoned for many years. In the early 2000s the chimney was demolished and the remains of the base can still be seen inside. The decay, the colours and the lighting in here are amazing, ridiculously photogenic. It is one of my favourite locations in the whole world to shoot in and I just wish it wasn't so far away. Thanks for looking, and this really is the end of my American posts...for now.
Ahhhhh that's more like it, back to the sneaky sneaky proper non permission visits Late September brought around what was planned as an absolutely mental weekend of explores, which turned out to be a lot easier said than done as neither me nor my American contact factored in the 'awake for 60 hours' part...First stop was a meet-up in a small city in upstate New York, which was once the American home of Carpet weaving/manufacturing. Same old story, once all the mills shut down and the jobs moved abroad, all the money dried up and the city has never recovered. Most of the downtown area is full of empty shops and many many homes are vacant. As it turned out, when we arrived neither of us knew about the epic steep hill that needed to be climbed to get into the actual city as the Amtrak station was right at the bottom of the hill! And in 25+ degrees heat, carrying my life in a large purple bag on my back and my smaller rucksack with cameras etc, and a tripod, it became a real endurance test for me over the three days we travelled around. As is always the case we chose the most ridiculously difficult way into the place and found a hilariously easy way out the other side, but ever since I found this place and put it on my map I had wanted to see it, it's always good doing a power plant but to do one not even the majority of American explorers know about is even better - especially when it comes complete with a pair of late 19th-century turbines. The main mill building is long gone and the smoke stack was brought down in 2006 but the long-vacant power plant remains sat there slowly rusting away, encased by undergrowth. Thanks for looking, more here https://www.flickr.com/photos/mookie427/sets/72157648659792079/