Wednesday, July 7, 2010
Rust Belt Icons
I offer my own take on the mills as icons of their era, as is the lady in the picture. I scuffed her up a bit in tribute to the hard, relentless, unimaginable lives of thousands of steel workers who created another sort of Renaissance in American industry. We can be thankful that the era of unbridled industrialization, with its accompanying pollution, exploitation, disease and early death, is behind us. Or is it? We still face its modern-day counterparts, with devastating consequences on an even greater scale than anything the steel mills ever produced. Plus ca change, plus c'est le meme chose.
For some truly remarkable urban archeology photographs of the defunct mills, please visit Sean Posey's blog, http://seanposey.blogspot.com/