this ode to Connecticuts Naugatuck River Valley, vibrant photos
and moving poetry relate the regions legendary industrial
history and ponder its legacy. The story begins in 1802, when two
metalworking families joined forces to manufacture brass. Business
soared during the War of 1812 with the demand for buttons, and soon
brass parts became essential in the age of steam and electricity.
As large-scale brass manufacturing grew across what became known
as Brass Valley, mill towns along the river, such as Torrington
and Waterbury, developed into thriving cultural centers. This continued
until 2014, when the last plant closed, and the tradition of soot-covered
workers charging generations-old furnaces came to an end. This poignant
elegy captures the glowing metal flying through the air at the Ansonia
foundry in its final days, as well as abandoned opera houses and
train tracks, the vestiges of a dying infrastructure and American
way of life.