Architectural photographer Tim Hursley’s years of photographing a toppled silo in Hale County, Ala., has gotten new attention from the Oxford American magazine’s So Lost series, with this video by Dave Anderson. The OA wrote about the project after it was in its sixth month; now Hursley has been shooting for a year and a half.
In this video, shot in Alabama, Hursley says he was intrigued by the silo because it reminds him of an “early Frank Gehry,” referring to the designer of the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain, and other curving and geometry-defying buildings.
David Houston, curator with the Bo Bartlett Center in Columbus, Ga., known here by his former association with Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, says the silo itself has an “amazing powerful, poetic presence.” The video of the nearly a million photographic frames, shot every 12 seconds with a surveillance camera to capture stars streaking through the night and light falling in various places through the day, animates a tumbledown, rusting heap into something quite beautiful.
Hursley has focused a camera on a grain separator by railroad tracks in Gould as well; that animation gets a little Fritz Langy by night.