Alleys & Ruins no. 92, Acme Banana Co. (2006, Pittsburgh, PA, 3am)

Alleys & Ruins no. 92, Acme Banana Co. (2006, Pittsburgh, PA, 3am)

 

Acme Banana Co.? Are you kidding me? It's a no-brainer - I have to stop and get this shot. Its 11pm, I’m alone and there are too many unsavory characters around, so I decide to return later that evening. At 3am I’m back.

The actual scene is rather dull, and the lighting is dead, so the only way to add the banana company to my collection is to add a lot of my own lighting. I've been staring at this building and walking around for 30 minutes, shooting test shots, getting light meter readings and looking for a good angle, when a man walks up to me somewhat hesitantly. He tells me he’s a company employee. “Hi, my boss wants me to find out what you’re doing.”

“I’m taking a picture of the building – I’m an artist and I work at night,” I say with a smile.

“My boss thinks maybe you’re a terrorist,” he chuckles nervously. A terrorist; that's a new one, I think to myself. I’ve been mistaken for many things, but never this.

But maybe his fear is not so outrageous. Its not every day someone takes great interest in an old warehouse late at night. I guess I can understand the suspicion.

I assure him I’m not a terrorist, and he returns to tell this to his boss.

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