No matter how high-tech we become as a workforce, deep in our bone marrow we're still a nation of industry--greasy, noisy, smelly industrial machines that produce raw and finished products shipped across country and around the globe. But as we become more and more a service-centric nation (world), relying on one-touch satellite communication, social media and computer chips, it's hard to imagine sometimes that still dotted across America's landscape are 19th-century-ish industrial factories, power plants, gigantic smokestacked complexes, chugging along at their own pace and churning out the parts and pieces and products we rely on every day but don't think about.
I love walking factory floors and taking photos of industrial machinery as part of my industrial photo series. Not necessarily in their whole configuration, from stem to stern, floor to ceiling, but much like my vintage and muscle car photo series, I concentrate on the smaller details, the parts that make up the whole. The closer I focus in on the details, the more these machines morph into visual abstract pieces with a "painterly" effect. It's really an exciting and interesting transformation.
Sometimes I get sideways glances from factory workers who are obviously wondering why this nutty guy spends hours and hours photographing gears, gadgets and spinning greasy parts, unspectacular looking objects at first glance, that they see and work with every day and don't give a second thought to. But at the same time, It never fails that someone approaches me and asked why I'm taking photos. When I explain, it becomes obvious that they are flattered and feel a sense of pride that someone is taking an interest in their work and what they do every day, eight to ten hours a day, confined behind the walls of a dimly-lit steel and concrete building, far removed from the fast-paced financial business districts of America or the high-tech, hipster start-ups.
I'll be sharing more industrial photography as I continue shooting and hope to turn the series into a photo gallery show. Click here to see my industrial photo series so far.
If you know of a factory or industrial site that you think would be a cool place to shoot, please contact me and let me know. Thanks!