Robert Mann Photography | Buffalo and the Erie Canal

Buffalo and the Erie Canal

June 01, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

Just spent a few weeks in May photographing along the Erie Canal and Buffalo waterfront.  The Erie Canal (now called the NY State Canal System) is functioning mostly using 100+ year old equipment.  The lock masters have the job of keeping the facilities they supervise in working condition, and they do an excellent job.  The level of polish on old brass, and the general appearance of the control rooms for the locks is amazing.  As part of a group led by Tillman Crane, we were given access to the canal system and were able to photograph the behind the scenes workings of the locks.  

 

Also, I spent some time visiting the area of the Buffalo waterfront known as "Silo City " - this is where lake freighters unloaded midwestern grain for storage while waiting to be transferred to barges on the Erie Canal, or to be stored until processed.  It is a large complex of grain elevators and warehouses, most of which are now abandoned.  They are in an amazing state of decay and disrepair!  I find old industrial settings to be full of surprising images and exposed a large amount of film.  Also, I have the privilege of gaining access to the City of Buffalo's water pumping station.  Beautiful old building where new modern pumps are next to the old cast iron 100+ year old pumping equipment.  The city has decided to keep the old equipment intact even though it is no longer used for pumping.  Again, I found the variety of images to be found in this industrial setting to be fascinating.

Over the next few months I will be posting some of the images I made.  


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