I've been taking a bucketload of photos recently. My father told me about some places I otherwise wouldn't find, so I decided to go there and see. So, I visited the Garrison Church [it's beautiful both from the inside and outside], a Jewish synagogue and a neo-Gothic church. I also went to several places I had been keen on for quite a few months: some old factories and the Old Cemetery. Unfortunately, for most of the time the light was bad and there aren't many pics, but I managed to publish quite a lot of pics from the Kindermann factory.
The first thing I want to mention about is the Osser's spinning plant and the office building. The former is still to be photographed, and the latter [in which the "Corridor of Shadows" was taken] has been demolished recently. Good enough that I managed to take some pics thereof... It'd be beautiful if it were renovated, but - unfortunately - the Kilinskiego street is to be widened, so the building had to be torn down.
And... ah, yes, the Kindermann factory...
It's currently under renovation and I might have been one of the last who managed to see it abandoned. The main, front building [which probably was a spinning plant], constructed in 1897, is already renovated. I'll have to say that they did it in an outstanding way! Awesome! It serves as a hotel. The back building, a weaving mill, was what I visited. Right now, it's abandoned, but it'll soon be crawling with construction workers. What I found there:
-a dark basement, easy to get into, dark, cluttered with junk, but quite safe,
-some fuses, relay sockets and industrial connectors. I took them, as they'd surely end up in a landfill - why couldn't they serve a young electrician?
-open manholes in the yard, watch your step!
-passages to TV Toya and cigarrette factory [abandoned, but guarded] premises,
-an engineer's book in which the steam consumption and pump fatigue were stated,
-old photos of Kindermann's and Biedermann's factories.
I found some websites about the history of industrial buildings in Lodz. Shortish, but still nice to read.
After visiting the Kindermann's factory. let's go to...
The Old Cemetery!
A charming place, where there are both old and new graves. Unfortunately, most of the old ones is in an awful condition. Pity... They really deserve something better! The place is quite big, so keep that in mind when planning a visit - it'll surely be two hours of walking, and you'll still miss something. Factory owners, writers, artists, military officers and many other notable people rest in eternal peace there. As for the pics... coming soon! I didn't decide to desaturate most of them. Without the variety of colors [grass, flowers, trees, tombstones, ivy and moss], the beauty of this place wouldn't be fully depicted...
And now for something completely different: EC2 [Elektrocieplownia 2] - Thermal / Electric Power Plant No 2.
It's not abandoned, still in operation. Unfortunately, photographing was forbidden, so no pics. The security is quite tough, don't try to infiltrate. The power plant had an open day, so I couldn't miss the opportunity to see some heavy machines, and so I sighted:
-machinery used for turning the freight wagons with coal upside down in order to empty them,
-a boilerhouse and its control room,
-a generator room and its control room [now that was awesome!]
-a water purification station with ionite exchanger tanks I've learned about recently during Chemical Technology classes
A great experience for those who love everything industrial!
By the way, I attended the SDGE [Synth/Dark/Goth/Electro]. There were two nice concerts: Square Extension [noise/industrial/performance act] and Socjotech [electro-punk/EBM] and DJ sets. I was the first to come [ah! plenty of time to do my make-up], and one of the last to leave. For most of the time I just sat there and was a bit asleep, but when the DJ played "Flood II" by TSoM, I just had to go to the dancefloor to dance and sing. It turned out that it wasn't too hard to sing in a corset I wore... Bauhaus' "She's in Parties" followed, and I still had a lot of fun. I left at 4:30am.