Industrial and manufacturing photography is a niche I stumbled into years ago when an ad agency hired me to photograph the operations of a metal cabinet manufacturing plant. Since then, I have grown to love this specialized work and continue to pursue more of it. As an industrial photographer my work takes me all over the place, and I get the opportunity to work in incredible locations with great people. In the past few weeks, my photo work has brought me to warehouses and docks in New York City, and to lumber mills and plants in the Pacific Northwest.
Whether I’m crawling around in a sewage plant, hanging out of a helicopter, or in the middle of a huge manufacturing operation, this is the type of challenging photography I enjoy. It requires versatility, exceptional lighting skills, and the ability to work fast and roll with the punches. It allows me to combine and use all the techniques, skills and tricks I’ve learned over the past 25 years photographing products, people and architecture, both in the studio and on-location. Every industrial and manufacturing photography job is different, and that keeps it fresh and exciting.
In New York, I had the opportunity to work with StrongArm Technologies, a company that has developed products to protect active workers, or as they call them, “Industrial Athletes.” We spent a couple of days out at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, an area where films such as, Spiderman 3, Men In Black 3 and Vanilla Sky were filmed. If you’ve ever seen a show where a mob hit took place with the New York City skyline in the background, chances are you saw where we were shooting.
In Oregon, I’ve been working with Lucidyne Technologies, a company that manufactures grade scanner systems for lumber mills. Last week we shot at Hampton Lumber Mills, in Willamina Oregon. It’s an impressive mill that produces several hundred million board feet of framing lumber annually. To see the technical process and operations of this mill was fascinating.
Ad agencies and corporations use the industrial photography for advertising, websites, annual reports, brochures and trade shows. With my hard hat, Carhartt’s, boots and safety glasses packed up with my photography gear, I’m ready to go wherever in the world the next job takes me.
Below are a few outtakes from the photo shoots in NYC and in Oregon.