Photograph: Cocheco Mills

Cocheco Mills Icicles

This photograph captures the icicles forming above the cloud of water vapor rising above the Cocheco Mills dam in downtown Dover, New Hampshire. The dam, built in the early 1900’s on the Cocheco River, provided water power for driving the mill machinery. The calm waters above the dam lip reflect the windows of mill building #3. Icicles form on the underside of the steel truss bridge from the roiling waters flowing over the dam on its way through the arch built under the mill. The ramps seen in the lower right are part of a fish ladder.

Built in the late 1800’s, this historic mill complex once housed the Dover Cotton Factory, later reorganized into the Dover Manufacturing Company. The company was known for making high grades of lawn and organdy textiles which are fine, high thread count cloths. The operation was modeled after the “Waltham System”, which pioneered the approach of containing all phases of production under one roof.

The complex is on the National Historic Register for its key economic contribution to the city of Dover, considered the seventh oldest permanent settlement in the New World, a fact celebrated in the name of the popular local 7th Settlement Brewery also located in the mill complex. Today, the Cocheco Mills complex is owned by Chinberg Properties and houses restaurants, a wide variety of commercial firms, and loft-style apartments.

This print is a black & white rendition of an HDR image, with artistic filters applied to give it a painterly look. A limited edition (50) print (in a sleek black aluminum frame) will debut at the Seacoast Artist Association gallery for our Black & White theme show during January, 2018. Matted limited edition prints are also available in my Etsy shop.

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Most of my images are processed using artistic filters to give them a unique “painterly” look. Others are enhanced using High Dynamic Range techniques. All are copyright protected. If you are interested in purchasing any of these images, please check out my Shop page or send me a request using the contact form on my About page. The photograph on this page isalso viewable in a larger slideshow format in my New England gallery page.


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