It started off as a quick exploratory photography trip to the old Crystal Ice and Cold Storage Plant complex in midtown Sacramento. It ended up being a session of capturing foot traffic in front of the abandoned Orchard Supply Company warehouse across the street. I did not expect to see this woman cross once, but twice while shooting.
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The Crystal Ice building spans two city blocks on R Street, between 16th and 18th Streets. Kitty corner from the central Crystal Ice building is the Orchard Supply Company warehouse. Old rail lines run through the center of R Street, once servicing the warehouses and businesses on the street, and running from the Sacramento River up to Folsom.
While redevelopment efforts have occurred in fits and starts over the past decade, a good portion of the old buildings on the street are in a state of decay and deterioration. Interestingly, the new development is interspersed among the decay and results in scenes such as what I photographed. A new Safeway anchors the “R Street Marketplace” on one end while a collection of restaurants, bars, and a music venue occupy one side of the street 2 blocks away. Along with the new lofts, old rental homes, and apartment complexes nearby, there is a great amount of foot traffic.
Even though the intent was to photograph the abandoned Orchard Supply Co. warehouse. Currently (as far as I can research) owned by Trong Nguyen, of the La Bou restaurant franchise, the plan was to convert this building into a La Bou Bakery. 6 years later, it is still an empty building.
What caught my attention was the juxtaposition of this woman in mid-heels, designer handbag, and fashion sunglasses walk in front of the relative drab brick exterior. The first time she walked into the frame, she was walking towards the Safeway retail area. A few minutes later she walked back in the opposite direction.
Photographed in both horizontal (walking to the R Street Market) and vertical (coming back from the Market) formats.
Other recent urban photography posts:
- Ice, American Ice Company, B&W
- (Ic)eland Shadow, Concrete Wall, Charred Door
- Tower Bridge, Sunset Clouds
EXIF data (vertical): Nikon D7000, center weighted metering mode, 62mm, ISO 100, 1/200 sec, f/8
EXIF data (horizontal): Nikon D7000, center weighted metering mode, 52mm, ISO 100, 1/200 sec, f/8
Abandoned Warehouse, Woman (Vertical, Horizontal). R Street, (Midtown) Sacramento, California. September 22, 2012. © Copyright Steven Tze – all rights reserved.