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Hollywood Showers

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Water tower house
Cumberland County, Pennsylvania (September 2016)
Zeiss Ikon ZM + Zeiss Sonnar 50/1.5 ZM
Ilford Pan F Plus + T-MAX RS (stock) 4 minutes

Inquiring minds want to know — who was the evil genius behind this design?

Cindy and I stumbled across this oddity when we visited the King’s Gap Environmental Education Center in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, last fall.  Yes, it’s a real water tower that is still in operation today (I didn’t see when it was constructed).  Yes, there is a dwelling built in the supporting structure directly under 10,000 gallons of water.  And yes, the cistern at the top is leaking like a sieve.

I can’t speak for the interior of the dwelling (looking through the windows at ground level it appeared to be dry inside), but the ground surrounding it was totally soaked and mostly mud, due to the constant stream of leaks coming out at various places from the third story.

All I could think when I looked at it was the endless unlimited Hollywood showers that I could take with all that water.

Oh, and this image looks rather old due to it being severely underexposed.  I messed up and shot an entire roll several stops below what it should have been.

17 thoughts on “Hollywood Showers

    1. Mitch Zeissler Post author

      That’s correct… so long as you remember which rolls were shot wrong.

      In this case I did not; I discovered the incorrect settings on the camera long after I had mixed those rolls with all the rest I had already shot with the correct settings. So I have to process them all as normal and hope for the best.

      Luckily for me, film has enormous latitude and I can correct fairly well in post-processing. As a result, this image is lacking the full dynamic range and detail that this emulsion is known for, but it’s sufficient for me to share on the Web.

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