Saved in Time

Pictured above, the Ogilve Hardware building in Shreveport, LA. The building was built in 1926 and cost roughly 210k to build, which was high roller money for 1926, especially given the area. From what I’ve read, the hardware store encompassed a variety of goods during the 50s & 60s. Anything from hardware, farm equipment, car parts, households and sporting goods could be bought there.  The building closed in 1999 and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2000.

I had been here once before last Saturday when I took this picture, and stumbled upon a hobo camp that starts about where I’m standing in this photo. The hobos on that day looked a little hostile so I kept my distance. The hobos (or train riders as they call themselves) we encountered on Saturday were more sociable and friendly. Here is a link to our welcoming train riders, Randy and Arkansas, courtesy of my friend photog, Dave.

Randy and Arkansas were also a little high speed for hobos. Besides owning a car, they quickly had to leave when they received a text message on a cell phone regarding an approaching train. He then wanted me to take a picture of their camp area and upload it to Facebook. I’m still not entirely sure what was going on there.

I knew the building had been recently bought and there were plans to renovate or “rehab” the building as the company wrote. Instead of a hardware store, they plan on turning the building into upscale apartment lofts.  On one hand, it’s great to see such a cool building catch a new breath, but I question the feasibility and practicality of this renovation. This building is one abandoned building surrounded by just more abandoned buildings in a seedy part of town.

For exploring, the building is sealed up tight and has been since its closure. Randy told me a group of people lived there about five years after its closure, but the narrow opening was closed and then they barred everything from the inside. Eventually, they will have to open it back up to start renovations and I’m hoping a construction guy will let me in for a few minutes before they gut the building.

As for processing, I’ve been wanting to work with different colors for monochromes. They other day I did a cyanotype style from Silver Efex. For this one, I did first a B&W conversion in Silver Efex and then toned over it in Photoshop with a B&W mask layer, and then using the tint option to turn it orange.

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