By Mike Boening
On a recent urban exploration of abandoned buildings in Detroit we stopped by the Thorn Apple Valley Slaughter House. Just the name alone somewhat makes you think twice about entering, but of course we did. Like many of the abandoned buildings in Detroit there are wonderful works of art from graffiti artists throughout. This building did not disappoint at all. The more interesting thing though in this building was the incinerator room.
When you do urban exploring one thing that jumps out at you is that anything metal in these buildings is removed from scrappers as quickly as possible as it is a money making business. So, with that we were surprised to find this room with a giant metal, very rusted, drum overhead. Likely the reason is because of the enormity of the drum. The ceiling of the room itself was probably 25 feet tall and this drum hung from that ceiling which made it likely a 15’ in diameter drum. It was in front of two large blast furnaces, I would presume. The area was amazing this morning because of the sun blaring down through the roof onto the rusted items. Although HDR worked great in this area I think the B&W version brings back the feel of the room. Being a meat slaughter house you can only imagine what was incinerated in those furnaces in the day and what might have been in that drum…
Urban exploring can really hold some interesting photo opportunities from graffiti art to incinerator drums and the use of B&W makes it even more so.
Technical aspects of the image:
The image was captured with a Nikon D7000 and an f2.8 24-70 Nikkor lens. It was processed through Aperture and then brought into Nik Silver Efex Pro 2 where a vintage filter was applied as well as some edge burning.