A hot summer day and an itch to shoot brought me to this gutted factory in town, a place I passed often and always kept in mind for a day just like this. Also, there was water running behind it and I really wanted to work on some multiple exposures.
Anyways, driving past, looking for a place to park, we heard some loud voices and other ruckus traveling to the road from the fallen walls. My attention now peaked, I noticed they seemed to be skating or something inside.
So we park, me- silently hoping we’re not going to get hassled by some territorial, testosterone driven teenagers. And we enter, only to find a cleaner than anticipated, gutted factory full of sand and… ramps. Made from the wood left behind.
Other than the ramps and tire, foot and paw prints in the dirt, the place was surprisingly clean and well-kept. Not to mention the multiple, relatively sound structures that were built to traverse the interior of the crumbling factory.
And, as I got closer to what seemed to be the main room- which housed the largest ramp, I later learned, this group came zooming by. So I thought what the hell, and stopped them.
Naturally, they were reluctant to talk to me at first but quickly warmed up and let me know that yes, they indeed did build everything I saw. We had a short conversation, as they were heading home for dinner, and I asked them for a quick shot (this one). And it’s one of my favorites so far.
I was hoping to return and catch a few of them going off their ramps before the cold set in but it has been a busy year. Hopefully they will still be there come next summer.