In the Basement Blowin’ Hot Air
Uh oh, environmental portraiture (almost)! What’s next gritty face closeups? Well, not quite, but I did have a fun year end scrambling about making this image of old heat exchange fans. The large fan paddles actually suck air from the room space down under the floor and force it through a heat exchange into the performance hall above. The fans are still in use going on 100 years, though the steam pipes on the left are the old inactive heat exchange. There are three of these fans in this room (one more behind me) and the long shaft goes all the way down out through the wall of the room into a separate space to the motor. There are even two more fans in the “attic” above the hall that work to pull air up and out.
Not CERN scale cool, but great vintage steam(punk) cool.
The image will run as a two page spread. Many thanks to George, who helps maintain the system, for stepping in on short notice.