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Alleys & Ruins no. 28, Steps II (1998, Toronto, ON, 11:45pm)

Alleys & Ruins no. 28, Steps II (1998, Toronto, ON, 11:45pm)

The offensive odours in some of the places I shoot are definitely not one of their finer points. This location remains - hopefully forever - the most putrid one I have ever photographed.

These stairs are part of a meat packing plant and the trail of thick liquid is probably from a bag of animal parts. A greasy and foul looking conveyer belt ran diagonally just behind me, reaching up to dump more parts into waiting trucks. The plant was closed, and the conveyer belt had shut down for the night. But a truck parked next to me appeared to be loaded down with rotting meat, although I wasn't sure how that was possible since the place was closed. I tried not to think about it. Every few seconds, the horrible stench would waft by me and I would have to close my eyes. I worked as fast as I could, even though I shot several 20 minute exposures. Each time I would make my way to the bottom of the stairs and shine some warm light through the exit. In the end I came away with a sinister looking image.



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