The Mill

Lanterman's Mill, Youngstown, OH

Lanterman’s Mill, Youngstown, OH

One of my photographer friends posted a beautiful photo of a mill in West Virginia the other day and it reminded me that I had traveled to Youngstown, OH with a couple of photo friends back in June to photograph Lanterman’s Mill.  During a summer full of frequent shoots, I never got back to do anything with those photos, so I thought I’d go back to them now.  Lanterman’s Mill is in a beautiful inner city park in Youngstown and though we didn’t explore the park further, I’ve been told that its definitely worth a trip back to see more of it!

Though the outside of the mill is beautiful, I think the inside is even more interesting with it’s multiple stories, 7 or 9 if I remember correctly.

Mill Gears

Mill Gears

The internal workings of the mill passed from one story to another from the waterwheel in the lowest level up to numerous millstones and other machines used to grind grain.  The power was transmitted through gears, cogs, wheels, shafts and belts.

Belt Power

Belt Power

In this day and age of concern about energy sources, it was nice to see how ingenious past generations were in harnessing, in this case, the energy of moving water and turning it into the power needed to run a complex mill with little or no negative effect on the environment!

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About Kolman Rosenberg

My interest in photography began as a college newspaper and yearbook photographer during the stormy 1960s and 1970s. I was influenced by many of the great photojournalists and documentary photographers such as W. Eugene Smith, Walker Evans, Dorothea Lange, Gordon Parks, Margaret Bourke-White and other black and white photographers of Life Magazine and the earlier Farm Security Administration. Though many of these photographers documented the horrors of war and the plight of poverty, they also showed me the dignity and adaptability of human beings in their desire to prevail.
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