I don’t know how to describe it. The wall had a strange attraction with a yellowish orange cover of, well, something. It looked like foam or rusted iron plates at the same time, with patches of darker shades making random patterns on it. I saw it when we visited Rockport, MA back in 2006. The main purpose of the trip was to photograph the fishing village, its picturesque harbor, and the famous “Motif #1”, the red hut perched on the corner of the harbor.
I did photograph the “compulsories” but I could not resist the appeal of the strange wall. I started photographing at the end near where we parked and kept walking along the wall as new patterns unfolded with every step. Up close, it looked softer than hard; thicker than a thin rust coating; crunched up here and there perhaps with a tug from an inquiring stick. The late afternoon sun emphasized its warm color even more. As I came to the other end photographing the wall its dark secret suddenly emerged, after the last frame I decided it was time to leave the area; just in case … This was a protective cover, make-up of some sort, to hide what lurked beneath it.
Before writing this post, I researched and found out that this was the abandoned Cape Ann Tool Company building in Rockport, MA.