Since Saturday’s gun show put me on the north side of Knoxville already, I figured I would steal a page from Les Jones’ book and see about this whole Knoxville Fragile 15 list. Picking out of the proverbial hat, I decided the Standard Knitting Mill sounded interesting, and headed over that way. The building itself is not far removed from 40, and you can actually see it as you drive on by:
‘Course, it is a lot more interesting up close.
As the page said, Standard transformed into the largest textile and knitting mill in Knoxville, with over 4000 employees and a production output of 1,000,000 garments a week… back in the 1940s. Bit impressive, that. Unfortunately, the mill is located in what I would consider to be a relatively rough area of town, trapped between light industry and remarkably run-down housing, and its future is yet to be determined… while entropy, Mother Nature, and vandals continue to have their way with its architecture. Already a significant portion of its structure hanging over the Third Creek has collapsed, I can only imagine how the roof is not holding up, and while there is a nominal fence around the property, it is… shall we say “lacking”.
In any case, I spent a couple of hours traipsing around the outside wishing I had remembered my camera’s backpack, my hat, and some water. These were the end result:
All but the last were HDR’d using varying settings and tonemaps, by way of Luminance, an increasingly impressive open-source high-definition range imaging program (and as the second-to-last image shows, HDR can be used for non-post-apocalyptic photography). The last image was focally black-and-white’d by Tintii.
[Update] You should now be able to see full-size images when you click on the above thumbnails… [/Update]