The Cedar Lumber Manufacturing Company’s mill, located just west of the Ballard Bridge, was the largest in Ballard. At the mill, logs were cut into lumber which was then dried for at least nine months before being sold. The stacks of drying lumber were over 50 feet high. In 1958, these stacks caught fire and burned. Ballard residents remembered the huge blaze for many years. (+)
Ah. How I wish it was summer again. But first, some spring is in order.
Abandoned structures around the world. Gothic, meet Steampunk, meet post-apocalyptic. You will all get along splendidly.
Top: Alatriste, 2006. Directed by Agustín Díaz Yanes.
Bottom: The Surrender of Breda by Diego Velázquez. Oil on canvas, 1635.
Alatriste is a film based on Arturo Pérez-Reverte’s book series, The Adventures of Captain Alatriste and featuring Viggo Mortensen. It’s set in XVII century Spain and it looks as if Diego Velazquez were the director of photography! Throughout the film there are various references to different paintings by Velázquez, including Las Meninas and his portrait of Francisco de Quevedo. If the work of Velazquez and other baroque painters were used to further tie the fiction with the period and place it’s set in, it worked wonders.
I found it a visually stunning film that, unfortunately, drags the story for too long. But as an art historian, the Spanish baroque references were a pleasure.
“It’s true to life.”
“It isn’t art.”
Caravaggio (Derek Jarman, 1986)