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Jeff Gaydash / 8 items

N 50 B 9.4K C 45 E Oct 12, 2011 F Oct 18, 2011
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The latest from my ongoing River Rouge series.

The industrial landscape comes to life at night... eerie sounds of heavy industry fill the air, beams of harsh factory lighting reveal the glowing smoke billowing from smokestacks. I revel in the experience and ponder the ingenuity of mankind.

Photographing The Rouge at night has become almost a necessity as it has become virtually impossible to set up a tripod without being greeted by homeland security guards within a matter of minutes. It has been increasingly frustrating for me and am not sure how many police reports with my name on it are on file at their headquarters.

Prior to making this shot, I was on the opposite side of the island at dusk and found a great photo opportunity. Three smokestacks in the distance between some trees with a giant pipeline running over my left shoulder, crossing under the factory. Overhead power lines perfectly encapsulating the scene provided for a strong composition. Just as I started setting up my tripod, security arrived and I was unable to take a single exposure. Another Police report and very frustrated I moved upriver and was able to conceal myself long enough to capture this image.

Zug Island is a heavily industrialized island located at the mouth of the Rouge River where it empties into the Detroit River. It is home to the Great Lakes Steel Corp. and is the entry point for large ships to access Henry Ford's River Rouge Complex.

Tags:   square night longexposure industrial detroit blackandwhite zug island river rouge steel mill

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Featured on Flickr Explore Front Page - September 27, 2010 - Best Position #8

I feel like I have lost my photo mojo lately, the real world has been keeping me busy and have not been able to get out for some serious shooting. I was finally able to sneak out for a bit on my way home from work last week for a few shots along The River Rouge.

Freighters travel this portion of The Rouge to access Henry Ford's Rouge Complex, where upon completion in 1928 was the largest industrial complex in the world. The massive facility had the ability to turn raw materials such as iron ore into complete vehicles ready for the showroom. Many buildings within the complex were designed by Albert Kahn and have been subjects for Diego Rivera, Charles Sheeler and Michael Kenna, who's work here has been some of the biggest inspirations in my own work.

Tags:   rouge water square nd110 longexposure lakescapes detroit blackandwhite river rouge

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Delray, Detroit, Michigan

Featured in Flickr Explore - July 26, 2010 - Best Position #27

I posted a color version of this a few weeks back. Doing a little printing tonight so figured I would upload the B&W version.

Tags:   blackandwhite square longexposure rouge grid power electrical artifakts detroit gittersteigen 2010 gittersteiger lc

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Featured in Flickr Explore - June 3, 2010 - Best Position #166

Zug Island is a heavily industrialized island located at the mouth of the Rouge River where it empties into the Detroit River. It is home to the Great Lakes Steel Corp. and is the entry point for large ships to access Henry Ford's River Rouge Complex.

Tags:   water square nd110 longexposure lakescapes greatlakes detroit blackandwhite zug island river rouge steel mill industrial


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