“It is a region that has worked hard and sacrificed much over the decades, the city’s blue collar underbelly, the engine that drove Chicago to its industrial peak, only to be abandoned and neglected when US industry began collapsing.”
Robert Powers, on his wonderful A Chicago Sojourn blog, has a gorgeous photo set from the industrial regions of Northwest Indiana. This shot of the BP refinery is mindblowing. This refinery shot is eerily beautiful; I took the train from Virginia to Chicago a lot during college, and was mesmerized by the industrial landscapes between West Virginia and Illinois. There’s a reason Charles Sheeler’s painting of the Ford River Rouge plant is my desktop wallpaper. More Sheeler.