Last week I had a great discussion with Trevor Hall of Clear Creek Digital about the mining industry, and how companies big and small are harnessing the power of social media to get their name/brand out in the open for everyone to see. In case you missed it check out this link POWERFUL IMAGES FROM THE MINING INDUSTRY and have a listen to the audio download of our conversation.
While I was on my latest project I had the chance to scratch off a few things from my photo bucket list. Yes I have one of those and I am constantly adding stuff to it as the years go on. Recently I had the chance to watch a controlled blast at the Copper Mountain Mine just outside of Princeton British Columbia. We had a great vantage point high up on the opposite side of the pit where we had a birds eye view of the whole event. I have photographed many things in the explosive industry but this was the first time I was able to witness the finished explosion. I hope in the future I can get the opportunity to create some unique visuals using the blast as a sub focal point. Yes, the brain was ticking immediately after this event.
The leading lines created by the boom brings your eyes directly to the heart of the image as well as the heart of the equipment…………the operator. I think this is why I find the jumbo so appealing to photograph. The ambient light from the deck throws just enough illumination to light the booms without overpowering the surrounding environment where you might lose the line of sight due to the business of the whole scene.
Of course this is purely a photographers point of view but there is an essence of “art” within specific images created in the underground world.
While I am on site creating images that my clients require for their proposals, financial reports, websites or whatever the media is, I will also keep my eyes pealed for those “instagram” type scenarios. These images are not the bread and butter images used to showcase the full potential of the company but instead are used as “fillers” throughout their social media spectrum. To me, the proper photography term for these photos is “snapshot”. They are created on the fly where all you do is lift the camera and capture the moment you see it because after a few seconds the scenario is gone. These scenes are things we photographers see day in and day out and there are hundreds of them happening every day on the site that most people would not even consider a second look or thought. So the next time I am on site for your company, ask me to grab a few dozen of these “snapshots” for you to use in the upcoming months. No they do not have the same impact as my regular concept photography but they do serve a purpose with your companies social media branding.
Last week I had the opportunity of starting the photo archive for my new client Gowest Gold along with the pleasure of having Chief Mine Geologist Rochelle as my tour guide. As usual I always like to create an image of the people on site and especially those who are taking the time to show me around. I hear a lot of the same responses when I ask if they would like their portrait taken and the most popular are “I hope you have a good camera”, “I have never taken a good picture” and my favorite “ugh”. Over the years I have heard them all and I have learned to quickly squash any doubts or nervousness about the portrait. I have my ways, but the key ingredients are professionalism and personality. I always tell them “I will never keep a bad image of you and I guarantee you will like your photo or YOU can hit the delete button on the back of the camera.” In the end, they love their images.
If your company is looking to start a Professional Photo Archive of images to be used to promote, market, record, archive and showcase your company, then contact me, James Hodgins, Professional Mining Industrial Photographer
Although I have not been photographing the mine as long as it’s been around I am however happy that I was at least a small part of documenting some of the people, procedures and facilities of Stobie Mine here in Sudbury Ontario for the past 6 years. Watching the last skip on the big screen with the head frame just outside the tent was a bitter sweet moment for a lot of people who have called this mine home, and although a time capsule was created with various items commemorating the past, present, and hopefully future of Stobie mine, the memories of this place will be held dear to most peoples hearts who worked there. Thanks again Stobie, it was a pleasure.
Please watch this video created by Ryan Kosiki and Over The Atlantic of the people, memories and “The Last Skip”
All photographs © Mining Industrial Photographer James Hodgins
Every day I work at my business whether I am in front of the computer or behind the camera I am always striving to reach the next stage in my photography career. I have put in years of building up a reputation of safety, quality and efficiency that my clients know me for. It didn’t happen over night. I look back on my 20+ years of being a photographer and sometimes I wonder how the heck I managed to stay in the business this long. You learn a few things as you get older and just like in everyday life I approach my photography clients the same way: Tell them the truth and give them your best.
A few weeks ago I had a session with Signature Group‘s client Schauenburg Industries to create images for their newest marketing materials on their new line of Fiber Glass Ducting. It can be a bit challenging to create images with impact for certain products at times but it’s never as hard as photographing Bricks for a brick catalog (The most boring thing I have ever had the pleasure of photographing lol). Signature Group did a great job with a fast turnaround time for Shauenburg and I just received this email. Always nice to see the finished product.
“Hey James – just wanted to send a quick note of thanks for your outstanding work on the Schauenburg shoot. I know it isn’t the sexiest thing to take photos of, but the client loved how everything turned out.”
|Andrés Rodriguez | Creative Director
Signature Group | Showpro | CUBE – Credit Union Brand Engineering
One Custom Photography session with Mining Industrial Photographer James Hodgins accompanied by a Professional Marketing Firm can give you results that speak volumes above your competitors marketing materials. Can you get photography cheaper? of course you can, you can get everything cheaper…………..but it’s cheap for a reason.
Yesterday I had a quick chance to photograph Sandvik’s LH514E Electric Loader at Goldcorps Hoyle Pond Mine in Timmins Ontario. Noise levels are significantly reduced when comparing Electric to Diesel.
If you have a product that you require “Custom High Impact Professional Photography” contact James Hodgins Mining Industrial Photographer
As I was looking over the guest lists for the upcoming PDAC Tradeshow I noticed a lot of familiar names that have now become my clients. I would like to take this opportunity with this post to thank all of you for your business and support. I have had a plan all along when I made the transition to Mining/Industrial/Commercial photography but it would not have been a success without all of you and your continued support and promotion of Mining Industrial Photographer. It has taken me across oceans, above the ground, below the surface and in some unique and challenging environments. It is never a dull moment. Thank You!