Industrial Photography - A new found venture

April 22, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

Sometimes you just have to wait for the next inspiration to happen.  Just so happens it took about 6 months for that to occur.  At least from my last blog entry which was September 2017.  I literally had nothing that I wanted to photograph.  No drive, no artistic juices - just a deserted wasteland.  Not a fun place to be as a photographer.  At times, I didn't even want to pick up my camera.

Recently I was engaged to photograph an industrial business location.  I pondered in the days leading to the photo shoot how and what to shoot.  I knew I wanted the end result to be in black and white.  After that, nothing.  The shoot was across multiple sites in different states.  Windshield driving time gave me time for thinking about the end product.  Documentation of site capabilities along with shots with an artistic flair of the nuances of the location.  It's easy to get the big things but harder to capture things only the workers would see.  I wanted both.

Within 10 minutes of the first location shoot, I found I was in a literal gold mine of things to photograph.  Angles, perspectives, macro, leading lines, abstract - you name it, the opportunty was there.  For the first time in a long time I was smiling during a photo shoot.  I was seeing so many different things I could capture.  I only had two hours to take everything I could - two hours was just not enough.  I could go back for more - hopefully one day I will.

So this blog entry is about a couple things.  First, emerging from a dry period in a career and finding it is still alive and exciting as it was before.  Second, if you ever get a chance to shoot for an industrial client go for it.  You won't be disappointed.

As a reminder, most industrial sites have required safety gear you must wear. Watch for the warning/caution signage.  Also, it helps to have an employee or company representative guide you thru the site - keeps everyone safe.  Additionally, the employee knows where the interesting things are as well.

Here's a couple photos from the session I can release since they are not company revealing in nature.

Hope you enjoy!

Mike

 

P.s. - next blog will be about black and white photography.

 

 

 


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