Thursday, November 15, 2007

Port Towers Film Strip

[Above] Port Towers
Port of Albany
Albany, New York

The abandoned and automated industrial landscapes of the port are fascinating subjects to photograph. Taken out of context, their geometry implies 1960’s science fiction cold war utilitarianism. Strange towers belch unknown clouds under the cover of darkness as aircraft warning beacons fire at six seconds. Advances in modern automation permit these immense mechanisms to be controlled by shadowy figures in air conditioned command centers lit by the glow of computer monitor. From the air, on approach to Albany International, the plants of the port resemble a giant circuit board. Signs restrict cameras in the same graphic style as the no smoking circle with a red slash through a camera. "If you see something, say something" is the mantra of a new era of Homeland Insecurity. CCTV eyes behind double smoked Lexan see everything with unwavering diligence.

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