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Scanned from a print. The building is a machine shop in an industrial area near downtown Columbia, South Carolina. I took this very low-angle, middle-of-the-night shot by distant mercury vapor street lights. They create the eerie green cast on the metal siding, which I’ve left uncorrected. The interior of the building is lit by sodium vapor lamps, causing the contrasting reddish glow from inside. The fan is moving slowly during the long exposure. Pentax 6×7, color negative film, available light.


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Jay Gross is a former newspaper reporter and editor (but I’ve reformed!), a magazine writer and editor, a non-fiction author, and a freelance writer and commercial photographer. He’s also a geek (not planning to reform anytime soon), and a novelist . A native of Aiken, South Carolina, he loves art, cats, books and classical music.

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  • michaelBstone
    michaelBstonealmost 4 years ago

    This is cool. It gives the impression the fan and its space are separate from the wall. As if someone simply laid it there. The colors are beautiful together.

  • Thanks loads or the kind words. I’m not usually a fan of cyan-green colors, but this one thrills me. The actual scene wasn’t nearly as green, but I could visualize the effect, and went for it. The film’s response emphasized the greenish color cast, as well as reddening the sodium vapor light from the interior.


    – Jay Gross

  • Brett Rogers
    Brett Rogersabout 2 years ago

    The colour you’ve captured here is sublime Jay. Wonderful image mate

  • Thank you. I miss film, big ol’ unforgiving film. Sigh. I don’t miss inhaling the chemicals or smelling like fixer, so I’ll just be quiet now. -J:

    – Jay Gross

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