Nottingham Loom

Nottingham Loom

Project Statement

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The Scranton Lace Company was established in 1890 and was the largest producer of Nottingham lace in the United States from 1916 to 2002. The factory is a sprawling complex of buildings. Even the remnants are notable today. Over time weathering has stripped away the surfaces, highlighting strengths, exposing weaknesses, and creating texture. My interest goes beyond the aged colors and patterns. I’m interested in the stories implicit in the remnants of the buildings. How did the company fit into the community? What is left behind to remind us of those who worked there?

 A print is the final expression of the image that I’ve conceived when taking the photograph, and I view the craftsmanship involved with printing to be as important as the original composition of the photograph. I chose to print these images in black and white using the platinum/palladium process because I want them to reflect a by-gone era.