GREENSBURG CITY LINE
GREENSBURG CITY LINE
Limited edition palladium print. This print is limited to a total of 36 palladium prints and 3 artist proofs on sekishu torinoko gampi.
GREENSBURG CITY LINE - CHESTER COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA - 2011
I was driving west bound on the Lincoln Highway in southern Pennsylvania when I caught the glimpse of an old fire truck. The truck was sitting off the side of the road in front of a salvage yard. The fire truck turned out to be a visual bust. I was just about to head back to my truck when a local wearing a pair of greasy overalls approached me. For the sake of the story I'll call him Buck. His puzzled look told the story. I explained that I was in search of urban decay to photograph. He twisted his head to the side and motioned me to follow him. We came to the back of a rusted shack he called the office. Behind the metal shack stood the most glorious old broken down bus that I had ever laid my eyes on. The bus was the holy grail of urban decay.
Of course just plucking my camera in front of the bus would have been far too easy. The sun was hitting the opposite side of the bus. That problem was solved as Buck dangled a shiny set of keys. He again motioned me to follow him to the side of the shack. He then proceeded to climb up on a 14 foot tall articulating front end loader. Fate was kind to me that day. The front loader was equipped with a set of extra long forks. Buck fired up the front loader, picked the bus up off the ground and spun it 180 degrees facing the sun. He was even kind enough to set the bus at the perfect distance from my camera. I snagged a shot while Buck fired up a rather odd looking hand rolled cigarette. There was even a funny smell in the air from that cigarette. The shot was rather straightforward as I burned two sheets of 8x20 sheet film.
Buck picked the bus back up and put it right back to the original spot. We headed back to the metal shack as he proceeded to ask me questions about the camera, why I was so interested in the bus and life in general. I sensed the opportunity, so I asked Buck about the spare tire poking out from the side of the bus. He explained that the bus had taken a tumble when it rolled sideways a few times. The rest of the story is best left to your imagination as to why the bus rolled. The driver was the only one present when the bus took a tumble. Even the drive managed to escape being seriously injured when the bus rolled.
I shot this image with an 8x20 view camera on Bergger 200 sheet film.