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#13949 Vintage Couture

The old three story factory in Pennsylvania was once a maker of children's clothes and ladies dresses, but closed years ago along with most of the textiles operations in the country. The building was in very bad shape, full of pigeons and a roof nearly gone. <br />
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I was photographing these dress forms on the second floor during a thunderstorm outside, and the water leaked through the building like a sieve. It fell like rain in places, notably on this camera position! My camera and I were thoroughly soaked in the toxic brew as it passed through the floors.<br />
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I was able to move the dress forms around to make different compositions, and to add to the toxic misery, to move them meant getting them around the waist and fairly dance. They were a little damp and stinky too. Notice as well the damage caused by the pigeons sitting on their shoulders for years. All the while the place reeked like a bird cage, but I was determined to get a good storytelling image from this setting and I like this one.<br />
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All the years of rain and bird damage didn't affect the thread much because the shelves had acted like a miniature roof to protect the bobbins. I enjoy the vivid colors contrasted with the dull pastels of decay in this close-in shot that is somewhat like a portrait.