Near Portland Head Light in Maine lies Fort Williams, an abandoned fortress and mansion that was used to monitor shipping for the city of Portland. Though closed in 1963, it’s still a great place to get some urban exploration photographs. Unfortunately the section once housing the Goddard Mansion, a place used to house soldiers’ families, has been largely fenced off.
Thank goodness for tripods and fisheye lenses! I’d seen quite a few ultra-wide-angle shots of castle courtyards and was inspired to try something similar here. Mounting my Rokinon 8mm onto the 7D body and clamping everything onto a tripod, I extended the legs and set the self timer for ten seconds while I hoisted the camera over the fence for a peek into what was once the floor of the mansion, now quite overgrown with grass and weeds.
Floorless, roofless, and tenantless, the mansion still held some ghostly grandeur as the lowering sun shown through the empty window frames. I tried to imagine what the mansion must have been like when it was fully in use, both as housing and the club for the non-commissioned officers. And now it’s an empty hulk whose only sound is the sea’s wind and the distant crash of waves on the shore. Time left this place behind, a plaque in the front yard all that remains to tell of what happened here.
Exposure Data: ISO 125, f/11, 1/85