In your photographic vision quest around DeKalb, don’t forget to poke around the Industrial sections of town. There are a number of old factories that present photo ops and much like the town itself you are immediately transported to another time in history. In this case, I was attracted to the Nehring Electrical Works on Locust St.
The Nehring Electric Works, which produces copper and aluminum wire and aluminum cable was established in Sycamore in 1912 but moved to DeKalb in 1916. The company is “the oldest independent company of its kind in the world”.
The original plant was located at the old barb wire facility on East Lincoln Highway but the company later expanded and moved to a new location on the corner of Locust and Ninth Streets.
In 2012 Nehring celebrated their 100 year history. They employ approximately 115 people and expanded to an additional facility in 2009.
Keep in mind that photography isn’t always about the big picture. Look for the structural elements that have great texture, color or patterns that make them stand out.
In my case, I love old windows and sealed-in window walls. I look at a scene like that and it makes me wonder about what might have happened on the other side of that glass. I think about what stories could be told or what amazing artifacts might lie within.