This is one of my favorite images of the year because of the color, light and textures. Someone told me once that the medium of photographers is not film or digital sensors, but rather shadows. This photo is evidence of that.
One of the many blast doors. Note the plunger to seal off the airflow in the event of an attack or accidental explosion.
This is an elevator to move mine car loads of sand to the surface for cleaning and eventually glass production. Below is a flooded equipment vault. In front and behind is a loop through the larger tunnels in the mine. The horizontal braces supported electric cables for the mine carts.
Safety signs decorated every floor, machine and, yes, door. This message spoke to me for reasons my coworkers will understand; suffice to say, I need to take this message to heart.
The grain-centric buildings had automatic fire doors.
On the left, the formula for the sintering mix was written (“mischungszusammenselzung”) to keep track of the jobs.
These stairs were probably removed to discourage scrapping and graffiti. Ask me if it worked.
“Ballistite is a smokeless propellant made from two high explosives, nitrocellulose and nitroglycerine. It was developed and patented by Alfred Nobel in the late 19th century.” -Wikipedia.
A handmade sign tracks the progress through the current beet campaign. For this factory, it was about 30 years ago. Perhaps the idea was to pit shifts against each other.
Parking strictly forbidden. A sign in front of Cheratte’s former truck shops.