I took the second half the extended weekend, after my photography show, to spend some time quietly in nature. Of course, I happen to find nature that contains old buildings that are great to photograph.
This particular image brought to mind the work of Bernd and Hilla Becher, whose work I find quite inspiring. I reviewed them here on CatSynth as part of the New Topographics show at SFMOMA in 2010.
The title of this entry comes from the location, at a former mercury mine south of San Jose, California.
Very strong image.
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Quicksilver quickly disappearing.
Good picture 🙂
Very impressive !
Very dramatic. Hope the show went well — I wasn’t around much last week.
I love that shot!
That looks a bit skerry! I wonder how they safely mined mercury?
wow thats stunning. Its funny how something falling apart can be so beautiful.
not sure there is a really safe way too mine mercury..especially years ago.
perfect in b&w
Fantastic shot! I love black and white.
Great shot like always @CatSynth! Love how you used black and white to make the photo pop.
This image wouldn’t be nearly as effective in color as it is in B&W.
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Yes, I am guessing the mercury mining was not particularly safe or healthy. One of the main uses was for gold mining in California, which has a history of problems related to health and pollution from mercury.
I did take several shots with different Hipstamatic settings, including some color versions that I thought came out well. But the black-and-white has the best contrast and detail.
Interesting to see mining structures for something different than lead, silver and gold, mines abundant throughout Colorado. I, too, wonder about the safety of mining mercury. Here, the danger was in the steepness of the mountains! Well, and the lightning.
You asked about my software… PhotoShop 7, with a host of free and paid-for plug-ins; a couple of today’s are from Redfield, and I can’t remember what I used on the others. One is a swirl something or other.
Such an interesting shot. Is it an old water wheel?
That is one incredible photo that tells quite a story!
Excellent shot. Happy WW.
B&W is perfect for this image. It almost looks like it was taken 50 years ago.
Nice pic. Reminds me of the old western time period.
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