Road Trip: Gateway to the Copper Corridor

A road trip to the mining area east of Phoenix, AZ is a ‘must do’ on my photography calendar. The towns of Superior, Miami and Globe are where I like to stop. Superior is the beginning of the Copper Corridor, which extends south to Oracle Junction on highway 77. Miami and Globe are east of Superior.

Developed towards the end of the 19th and early 20th century mines in is area produced copper, gold and silver. Huge open pit operations show that some of these mines are still in operation today.

Superior, AZ celebrated its 128th anniversary this weekend with a historical home tour. Unfortunately, I was unaware of the tour so missed out on a great opportunity to step back into history.

“Vacant” is the name I gave to an image I captured in Superior several years ago. It shows the decaying façade of an old hotel. It is one of my favorites. When I returned there yesterday I found that the old hotel was in the finishing stages of restoration. It will become a bed and breakfast.

Hotel with the character of age.

Hotel with the character of age.

Clearly, the old hotel in Superior had seen better days. Exposed bricks, weathered window frames and faded signage yielded a feeling of character that I hope to bring out in my final rendition.

Using Photoshop Elements 10 as the foundation I worked in Nik’s Viveza 2 and Color Efex Pro to bring out the texture and color that resulted in my final version, “Vacant”.

Further on in Miami, AZ I wondered what life had once been like in these now ramshackle homes. While many were in serious state of decay some seemed be occupied. This home was clearly empty.

One of many empty relics in Miami, AZ.

One of many empty relics in Miami, AZ.

I felt that  black and white  would be the best way to illustrate the weathered and run down state of this building. Starting in Lightroom 5, I moved the image to Photoshop CC and then to Nik’s Viveza 2, Color Efex Pro 4 and Silver Efex 2 to ultimately arrive at my final version.

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