Wednesday, September 30, 2009

PECO

Every month I write a check to PECO (The Philadelphia Electric Company). I hope they don't decide to use some of the money to refurbish this old building that sits on the Delaware River near Philadelphia's harbor. I like it just the way it is.
I added some monochrome to the top photo. Actually I wanted to make these pictures black and white but when I tried it they looked more like charcoal sketches than photographs.

26 comments:

  1. I'm right there with you. I like it like that as well :)

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  2. It is an awesome building, isn't it. I don't think there is any chance they will be spending money on it!

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  3. I really like that top picture. Nice touch.

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  4. Cool shot James! There are quite a few "smokestacks" along the Delaware,all the way to Easton. I see them and wonder what their purpose was/is....
    They tend to remind me of that old computer game "Myst". They suggest an other-wordly, desolate landscape at times.

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  5. The buildings and the old tree stump like smokestacks are interesting.I like the composition.

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  6. You're right, somethings are better left alone. Really good pictures, as always.
    Hope your back is feeling better.
    Sunny :)

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  7. Old industrial buildings always give interesting pictures! and also bring a lot of questions: how could such a tall and impressive building finally become abandonned?..I like the mood around all that!

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  8. I love old industrial buildings. They should open them for photo evenings, but I guess it's too dangerous.

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  9. I love both of these...they are so ... 'electric'! Great shots, James...and if I forget, Happy Birthday next Thursday! You'll catch up to us in 30 plus years! Sheesh! You weren't kidding about flying time!

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  10. Love the first picture. Great images.

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  11. I really like the first crop. The monochrome emphasises the structure and materials, i.e. metal vs. stone. That's simply great, :-)

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  12. James - I wish I could think of something sensible to say to explain why I like these photos but I'm stuck. I have always liked industrial architecture and, perversely, I like the look of it better when it is neglected than when it is all pristine and cared for. Old industry drew me to Newcastle-upon-Tyne (in the North-East of England) and I worked there in a factory. These photos touch deep and warm memories. Inexpressible!

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  13. incredible! How did you get there? I want directions! The first shot is straight out of Eraserhead.

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  14. thanks for that info. There are places I want to photograph in the Bronx and Harlem but you need a bodyguard. I like to think that maybe the locals would appreciate your documenting their hood, but hey, maybe not!

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  15. That building almost demands you to play with it. Mono or multicolour, doesn´t matter, you make it look like it was meant to be.

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  16. This is, what you can call: a very powerful power plant! Great photos, James.

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  17. oh James, I liked these pictures just this way, it's great indeed!
    The first one is very impressive!
    God bless you
    Léia

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  18. Hello James,

    Thanks for visiting my blog and your compliments. Your photos are pretty amazing, so much expression, VERRY nice.

    Nice evening and,
    greetings Josephine, [from Holland]

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  19. Love the texture of that first shot! Beautiful!

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  20. I really like the "special effects" on the first shot. Well done, and an inspiration!

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  21. All I can see is the Wow factor!!!

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  22. Who would have thought a place like that could look this cool, but it sure does! It's a delight to come visit. I'm really enjoying your pix.

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  23. The old industrial building had a real sense of architecture and purpose. In London we have a building that looks similar to this building and it was a power station. I hope as you say they main its historic beauty so that future generations can enjoy its beauty> Have a blessed Sunday

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  24. I love the black and white photos. There is something to be said about the lose of the good ole days when all there was, was black and white. Oh sure, the color is nice but it leaves nothing to the imagination.
    Thank you James for you compliments of my work also. I used to paint and do alot of photography but now I paint with beads. I have never made jewelry, I just paint dot to dot, a sort of pointillism in wax with my beads.
    Jan

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  25. if you're in London sometime, wander westward from CHelsea on the northern bank of the Thames. you'll find a similarly enchanting building

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