CAUGHT…by “the man” lol

img_1616_tonemapped2-copy2cHappy and fortunate to say that I met two of the nicest law officers today!!  At our second
explore of the day, less than half way through (about 15 minutes in), we were spotted and stopped by 2 State Police and their canine.   Nowwww…what exactly they were doing patrolling an abandoned Steel Company, is beyond me.  Either way, I’m just happy that they were nice to us.

Ok, back to the story… So, I was in the middle of stepping down from a cement slab, in an open part of the warehouse (by open I mean, a section where the walls were missing and views of us were completely unobstructed). I looked up and saw the green truck drive by and immediately thought “oh sh*t!”. I immediately hopped down and backed up behind a wall and waited to see if they kept rolling. Unfortunately I heard the truck stop and the doors open [my heart sank].  I stood there quietly looking across the floor at the hubby, when one of them yelled, “hey you, come here!”  So I came from behind the wall and walked to the open area, while hubby and his friend made their way over to them as well.  They told us to come over to the truck, and as we walked up, they put the dog in the back seat and asked us for our ID’s. The guys gave him theirs but I didn’t have mine with me, so he let me give my DL# verbally 🙂 

The officers asked us what we were doing and how many of us were in there.  I said “just the 3 of us”, and as one of the officers walked into the building anyway, just to make sure, almost simultaneously, we all held up our cameras and told them that we were just there to take pictures.  Not there to vandalize, paint or do any other kind of harm to the property.  He called dispatch and while we all waited, they chatted with us and cracked jokes. Surprisingly they were both really, really nice and super friendly. They asked us what we were taking pictures of, why we were taking pictures and what we do with them, so we told them a little bit about what we do.  All of our names came back clean, so they told us we were free to leave.  We all kind of looked at eachother, wondering “do we leave or can we still explore???” lol.  So we asked….can we still take a few pics?  They said, sure.  As long as we knew that we could still possibly be stopped by the city police or property security and be cited.  We said thank you and scurried back into the building to explore the remaining parts of the facility.

Thanks for being cool you guys! 🙂

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Lock Factory

The lock factory opened in 1926.  For more than 70 years, it employed Bay Area residents, who produced component parts for locks.  The lock factory benefited from the site’s proximity to the freight/train station, as well as the availability of labor.  Many company inventions, such as the push-button door lock, were created and produced at the Bay Area factory.

In 1974, Ingersoll-Rand bought the lock company.  Ingersoll-Rand continued manufacturing products under the lock company name.  In 1999, the lock factory was shut down.  It was among the last machine-making operations left in the Bay Area.  The vacant 12.3 acre factory property would later be found to be contaminated with toxic substances.  Ingersoll-Rand moved production to another location and the buildings on the lock site have been closed and vacant since that time.

Alley Lurkin’

In preparation for an upcoming “urban style” family portrait session I have scheduled, the hubby and I headed out in search of graffiti covered alleys in the city that never sleeps – San Francisco.  In particular Clarion Alley, in the beautifully vibrant Mission District.  This alley never ceases to disappoint!  Amidst the stagnant puddles of pee (definitely wakes up your nostrils, lol) and the transients watching your every move (be aware of your surroundings folks!) the artwork is always so colorful and eye catching.  Here are a few photos from our brisk early morning adventure.