Beautiful Crap Photography by Industrial Photographer Steve Tague

It’s not often that I describe a photo assignment as, “crappy,”  especially one that was fun, educational, exciting and in New York. But, after spending 3 days in the bowels of a New York waste water treatment plant, I assure you, it was crappy. My industrial photography was exactly what Arkansas based company BlueInGreen was looking for to launch their new website, so they sent me off to Bergen Point Waste Water Treatment Plant in Long Island, NY. It is an older facility with a lot of character and it was a nice change from shooting manufacturing and industrial photography in a factory. Here are a few of the images I captured during my trip to the plant.

Primary tanks at waste water treatment plant.

Primary tanks at waste water treatment plant.

Large ducts for aeration system.

Large ducts for aeration system.

Pump engine at waste water treatment plant.

Pump engine at waste water treatment plant.

Sludge de-watering. Industrial waste water treatment plant in New York.

Sludge de-watering. Industrial waste water treatment plant in New York.

2 comment(s)

‘Crap’ never looked more beautiful. I love your work sir. I have a few questions if you don’t mind sir. Do you light for this kind of photography? Do you have a specific aperture opening you prefer for industrial photography? Lastly, what lenses do you use the most? I’d appreciate a reply here or to my email address. Great work!

Thank you! Most of my work is lit to a certain degree – lot of it is mixed with existing light. Aperture depends on what I’m shooting and what I want to be the first read. If I only had one f-stop to use, I’d probably pick 5.6. All Nikon camera equipment and Profoto lighting, on-location. My 24-70 is always on one of my camera bodies, but my all-time favorite lens is one that J. Barry O’Rourke gave to me a long time ago. It’s an old manual focus 50mm 1.4 that he used when he was Chief Staff Photographer for Playboy Magazine in the ’70s. Sharp, bright, and has a quality in the images that I have grown to love. Hope this answers your questions. Thanks again for the comment!

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