The Old Olympia Brewery | John J. Martinotti

There are times in my life I meet some wonderful people and through their connections I am able to have access to some places that I consider the Holy Grail Of Yesterday’s Past. The Olympia Brewery was established in 1896 and through the years of industrial revolution and technology, this building we consider an iconic institutions falter and eventually dwindle away. Gutted for the all mighty dollar, today The Olympia Brewery is a hollow building where her spirit no longer exists. This evening I had the privilege to photograph in the original Olympia Brewery. 

After hours photographing in this old time capsule I am heading out to explore some more and then I saw this room from the corner of my eye. As I entered my heart skipped a beat.  

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Here in this old building is an old broken-down chair where the shadows and highlights were perfect. Only if this chair could speak what secrets would it reveal to me. Eventually after studying my subject matter, I found the right place where the composition reveals the true character of this chair.

Some may say: “It’s a chair for God’s sake!” But it is not! There is history standing before me. It has a story to tell and as a photographer I will speak for this chair that cannot speak for itself. What does it say? “Leave me in peace. Respect my past and my present, but most of all know this. At one time I was a chair that was wanted and used for a purpose like this old building. Today I sit alone until you found me. Photograph me as you wish, all I ask is to create an image that shows others I still have character." 

I hope what I show you now I have accomplished that. Enjoy this cherished old jewel, for tomorrow who know where it may end up.

This by the way this is how it actually looks. There I was up on the 3rd floor and I took this dome shot and the light from the floor below and the windows made it into a natural glow. Man it was COOL!

This by the way this is how it actually looks. There I was up on the 3rd floor and I took this dome shot and the light from the floor below and the windows made it into a natural glow. Man it was COOL!