I am a native of Weirton, WV. In the last few years, as I saw parts of the mill being knocked down, I felt compelled to photograph it. I have over 800 shots.
I would stop my car on the side of the road to take some of them. I went out only twice with the specific intent to shoot. I brought along my handy zoom lens.
I realize the mill structures are the things which I have photographed most as a photographer. You can view more of the Weirton Steel project at www.salenemazurphotos.com. I labeled the project “What Remains”. For me what remains is: Pride. Decay. History. Hope. Beauty. Place. Gratitude.
Like many Weirton natives, my grandparents journeyed to Weirton from Italy for a job in the mill in the early 1900’s. My dad was recruited in 1961 as an engineer out of Penn State. Everyone in my family except me, has worked there. Mom had to quit when she got married (!!!). My brother worked a summer job and my sister worked as a computer programmer right out of college.
I hope they evoke as much emotion for you as they do for me.