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photoblog image The Bain Project #1

The Bain Project #1

This series is a dream come true. Last year I discovered the E. B. Bain Water Plant, a water-treatment facility that purified water for Raleigh residents from 1939 to 1987. I took some photos of the Art Deco exterior at some distance through a chain link fence, the nearest I could get with the building closed. Go to
http://larryb.shutterchance.com/photoblog/Bain_Water_Plant_%A3%21%3Bhash%A3%21%3B1_
for a look. Naturally I yearned to get inside. 

I got my chance on May 17 when I attended the Bain Project, an event that used the site as a gigantic "performance space" for some dedicated artists and volunteers (for more information visit http://www.bainproject.com). The place was jammed, and it seemed everyone had a Nikon glued to their head.

I had to really push the envelope with my Canon point-and-shoot. There was virtually no artificial lighting in the place, and although there were plenty of windows, it was a rainy day. So all the interiors were shot at 800 with the EV stopped down, which has produced some noise. All things considered, though, I think I did okay.

The building is owned by a private company which plans to spend millions converting it into businesses and restaurants. This makes economic sense... but I am bold to claim that I prefer the Bain in all her faded glory.

The Bain Project #1

This series is a dream come true. Last year I discovered the E. B. Bain Water Plant, a water-treatment facility that purified water for Raleigh residents from 1939 to 1987. I took some photos of the Art Deco exterior at some distance through a chain link fence, the nearest I could get with the building closed. Go to
http://larryb.shutterchance.com/photoblog/Bain_Water_Plant_%A3%21%3Bhash%A3%21%3B1_
for a look. Naturally I yearned to get inside. 

I got my chance on May 17 when I attended the Bain Project, an event that used the site as a gigantic "performance space" for some dedicated artists and volunteers (for more information visit http://www.bainproject.com). The place was jammed, and it seemed everyone had a Nikon glued to their head.

I had to really push the envelope with my Canon point-and-shoot. There was virtually no artificial lighting in the place, and although there were plenty of windows, it was a rainy day. So all the interiors were shot at 800 with the EV stopped down, which has produced some noise. All things considered, though, I think I did okay.

The building is owned by a private company which plans to spend millions converting it into businesses and restaurants. This makes economic sense... but I am bold to claim that I prefer the Bain in all her faded glory.

comments (4)

  • Martin
  • United States
  • 20 May 2009, 03:44
Vaguely absurd, which makes this very enjoyable.
Larry Bliss: There is something a little absurd about the idea of the project which appeals to me too. I'll be interested to see your reaction to tomorrow's post.
  • Ginnie
  • Atlanta, GA, United States
  • 20 May 2009, 03:58
Don't we love it when we can get excited about a place! Good for you, Larry. You did yourself proud.
Larry Bliss: Well it was an amazing experience from beginning to end... not unlike stepping into a time machine. I hope you enjoy the next 10 (!) posts...
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 20 May 2009, 07:50
Great composition. Those lights seems to indicate that the place is still operating. If so, did you take your care for the rewash? wink
Larry Bliss: Sadly, the waterworks are no longer working water--I think the lights were a reflection. My car could use a rewash, though. smile
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 20 May 2009, 07:51
Care = car (sorry)
Larry Bliss: Not a problem, Louis... my cares could use a rewash, too. smile

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