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Virginia Ann Zuelsdorf

Orlando, Florida USA

Fire in a Chicago Tire Factory #2

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Art: Fire in a Chicago Tire Factory #2 by Artist Virginia Ann Zuelsdorf
This photograph was taken in Chicago around 1990, on the third day after the fire started. You could see the smoke from miles away, while it smoldered for days. My friend took me there so we could take photos of this unusual occurrence. Rarely does an entire block of a city burn, much less a huge warehouse full of tires. The smell was horrible and clung to our clothing. Can you imagine the amount of pollution this generated over the city? It was very close to downtown, but on the poorer South side of the city.

When we got there, the entire area was deserted except for a few firemen. These days you'd have a hazmat team surrounding the area and no way to get so close.

I chose this view because it reminded me of hell and destruction; everything covered in ash like Pompeii. I also love how the tree, covered in ghostly ash, is beautifully outlined against the dark of the burning building.

The photo was taken with a Nikon FE SLR and hand-printed at my home darkroom on AGFA Brovira paper, which has a very warm tone. I think it suits the subject matter very well.

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Detail Image for art Fire in a Chicago Tire Factory #2

Detail Image for art Fire in a Chicago Tire Factory #2


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