Why am I so fascinated with industrial parks? I guess it’s cuz they’re so mysterious. Their names never tell the whole story. AGC Corp, Berlin Industries, El Jinete Enterprises, Savex Mfg Co, Zarjet are a few random names I pulled from the Industrial Equipment section of my local Yellow Pages. Rarely is there a logo on the building. Even if there is a logo, it’s often so vaguely basic that no clues are shared in the company’s business. Most of the time there’s just a sign on the corner of the street giving a laundry list of companies housed in that particular industrial park. The buildings are always massive with little or no ornament to them and they stretch for miles on end. Even the entrances are non-descript and often hidden from view. The only signs of life are seen in the drivers of the massive semi trucks barreling down the road. It seems to be a requirement for each industrial park building to have a picnic table. However, I have never seen a person using them. very ominous.
I work in Oakbrook Terrace, IL which is in shouting distance of Elk Grove Village, Illinois, the mecca of industrial parks. The Elk Grove Village Chamber of Commerce website states their town has experienced “a steady gain of 100 companies per year for the past 10 years.” And I believe it. For the last 8 years or so I have had “photograph industrial parks” on my “to do” list. The massive calmness of industrial parks would make for a great photography series.