I remember years ago when the idea of sending a photographer out to do a shoot at an industrial facility always required a scout day or two before the shoot day. That gave the photographer some time to have a look around and find the best places to shoot from. But also, more often than not, it gave him/her a chance to request a fresh paint job from the client and assemble a somewhat complicated rigging of the lights in order to make the facility "presentable."
These days, I'm not sure whether it's because companies have all spruced up their plants or because post-production expertise gets rid of the unsightliness, but industrial shoots are looking cleaner, brighter and more inviting.
In fact, these are my favorite kinds of shoots. Think about it. How many times have you stopped in front of a large construction project in your town or city just to watch what's going on for a few minutes? Bulldozers, steam shovels, high and mighty cranes. Fascinating, right?
And it's not just construction sites that qualify as magnificent industry. What about car and airplane manufacturing? Actually any sort of assembly line industry. Really breath-taking! The best way to describe it is like a stage set with a well-choreographed dance of metal, robots, humans, and details.
So have a look at some of the images from the DB&A photographers' industrial shoots, and let me know if you agree with me:
from the exteriors to the workers to the details and finally the finished product, they're all visually captivating.
(based in Seattle)
(based in Tokyo)
(based in New England)
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(based in Chicago)
(based in the UK)
(based in Sydney, Australia)
(based in Hong Kong) Industrious wildcat miners can make as much as $700 per day digging in abandoned anthracite holes in the mountains above Bear Creek in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania
I, for one, am surrounded by service companies. There's nothing wrong with that--I've had a service business of my own for almost 30 years!
Just don't underestimate your audience's interest in big industry.
The next best thing to being there, is to gaze upon magnificent images of it.
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