I had the good fortune to attend a workshop given by the renowned photographer, Tony Sweet, that was organized by the RA Photo Club, and one of the shooting locations was the former E.B. Eddy paper mill that straddles the river between Ottawa and Gatineau. This was a great location and one that required special permission to access. CLICK HERE to see some of my shots from that outing.
I really enjoyed this workshop, and Tony was a great guy who provided a wealth of information and knowledge. The workshop spanned the better part of two days and there were three shooting locations in total, although the E.B. Eddy paper mill was the highlight of the sites that we visited. This vacant industrial site will soon be demolished and replaced with residential, commercial and retail buildings. I could have spent a week in there, but we only had a couple of hours. We were guided through the part of the site that we visited by Paul Harrison, who with a small group of volunteer photographers, has spent more than a year photographing the site for historical purposes before demolition. This article from the Ottawa Citizen gives some background information and also discusses the work that Paul and his team have been doing.
We needed a guide because the area was quite dangerous. The lighting was poor in many locations (we had flashlights), there were sharp objects protruding from the floor where machinery had been bolted down (I was wearing hiking boots), and there were shear drops to lower floors (mostly barricaded off). Despite the modest risk, it was a delight to photograph.