My image of the paper mill in Iwakuni, Japan, titled "Proximity" was juried into the July 2009 all media show at the Alexandria Art League Gallery in Alexandria, VA. "Proximity" also won an Honorable Mention from guest juror Kate Frazer owner of the Frazer Gallery in Bethesda, MD.
The title "Proximity" comes from the closeness of the paper mill to the residential neighborhood, and how the residents have to breath the fall-out from the smoke stacks. The paper mill runs 24/7.
The get this angle, I had to climb a ten story fire escape on an apartment building at night. I waited for the unique weather condition of a still, rainy night to capture the smoke rising straight into the atmosphere. Normally, the smoke is blown out to sea by the prevailing winds.
I used my medium format Mamiya SLR with Kodak Tri-X black and white film. The exposure was several seconds and determined by using my spotmeter.
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