Two posts ago I talked about a park and playground named after a mine in Angels Camp, CA, that seemingly did little to celebrate the influence of the mine on the area except for a small bit of equipment from the mine above ground and tucked away in the corner of the park. While there was a large sign that described the mine, it had all been filled in and it was hard to tell exactly what it had looked like.
The equipment here was so foreign to anything that I’ve ever had to deal with that I can’t imagine how it was used or how it related to the operation of the mine. It was almost like someone had just picked these things up and set them there.
I spotted this and the others as I drove by and when I walked up the hill to check it out, I knew I wanted a picture of this one piece of equipment in particular. The way that it contrasted with the nature around it made it stick out in a peculiar way, yet it was so old and worn that it also seemed that it couldn’t belong better anywhere else.
It was this dichotomy that drew me to it and made me feel as though I could relate, even though I knew nothing of its purpose.
HDR Info: 3 RAWs combined with Photomatix and spot corrected with Photoshop by layered exposure blending. Shot on a tripod.
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