JOB: To photograph a collection of some job site stock images for LEDCOR at Sag-D site in Fort McMurray Alberta.
1. As a sign of respect I always encourage my industrial clients to use real people when possible. There are certain facial feature that gets etched on a man’s face when he spends years working on a job site. You cannot replicate that with a model. It’s almost a farce when you try to replicate that look and feel of a workingman with a model.
2. In this case my client wanted to show workmanship, however I wasn’t allowed to show faces in the photographs. They wanted a human element, but I wasn’t allowed to show a human essentially. Which is why I decided to shoot just a boot. I felt that shooting just the boot conveyed hard work and experience.
3. Alberta has unbelievable skies in summer. I always love to shoot upwards and implement the sky into my photographs.
4. I get hired a lot to photograph industrial projects. What’s interesting though is that often I have no idea what I am photographing gear wise. I just know I have to make things look cool. I think that’s my edge. I have a lot of experience on job sites, but I don’t over think things when I shoot.