Adding Motion to my Mining Industrial Images : Mining Industrial Photographer James Hodgins

When I photographed the Sherp a few months ago I had been tinkering with the idea of photomotion and incorporating it into my images. During this photoshoot, I intentionally wanted to place the Sherp in water so that I could show some motion in this image later on. Well I finally had some free time to play around with it and  I think this is one of those features that you will see more from me as time goes on. Stay tuned for more motion images from @miningphotog



Bringing Air To Where It Is Needed The Most | Underground Photographer James Hodgins

Awhile back I wrote about my shoot with Schauenburg  (via creating images for their products, branding and marketing materials.  Ever since that shoot I find myself looking up more often than not while I am underground.  Vent tubing is one thing I really didn’t notice before hand, but now I notice all the different styles, materials and locations of each system at the various mines I am working in.


Inspecting the installation before closing the gap.

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Let’s Talk About Mining, Images, Social Media And Marketing | Mining Industrial Photographer James Hodgins

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.



Inspecting The Sewer | Mining Industrial Photographer James Hodgins

As with everything in the camera industry, mobile/robotic inspection camera’s are becoming more popular in those hard to reach areas of the world.  Confined spaces and toxic environments can now be inspected without any risk to the human operator.  As the technology advances, automation, battery power and the data network will soon do away with power chords and tethering for these camera robots.


Mining People | Professional Mining Industrial Photographer James Hodgins

As the sun was high over the rim emphasizing the shadows of the clouds  I thought it was the perfect opportunity to create a portrait of our lead rep on the project.  It was the least I could do since he was at our sides the whole time, organizing location, people and procedures for us while we were on and off site.  All the ingredients were there for something visual in what most might deem a very mundane environment but to me I see “impact” all around me.  I stole a few minutes to find the right angle for a background that wasn’t too distracting but added to the story of the main subject even though I knew the green of Brads jacket will always bring the viewers attention back to him.


40 Under Forty | Mining Indudtrial Photographer James Hodgins

40 Under Forty

A few months ago I had photographed Theresa Nyabeze and Gilbert Lamarche for Vale and their #40underforty achievement.
I have photographed these 2 individuals in the past and it was a pleasure to do so again for an accomplishment such as this.

The 40 Under Forty Awards bring recognition to those that bring positive changes to their industry and to the community.

Congratulations again Theresa & Gilbert, well deserved.

To read more info on each of these recipients and the 40 Under Forty Award visit these links below: and

#sudbury40underforty #mining #colemanmine #vale #miningphotog #40underforty
#miningpeople #womeninmining #miningpeopleinternational #miners #theresanyabeze
#gilbertlamarche #photography #jameshodgins #northernbusiness


Shooting The Shotcrete Sprayer | Professional Mining Industrial Photographer James Hodgins

The Shotcrete Sprayer is another interesting piece of machinery to photograph.  Like a boom arm of the jumbo the sprayer arm can articulate in a wide range of motion to cover the maximum amount of space in which it is working in.  This Maclean Shotcrete Sprayer was just in transition to moving to another area of the mine so I didn’t capture it in action during this project but I am sure I will come across an opportunity to see it in action above or below the surface.

Contact me if your company requires Professional Custom Mining Industrial Photography to get your started on your next Marketing Campaign be it Print media, social or web applications. #miningphotography #miningphotog #macleanengineering #shotcretesprayer #@miningphotog #jameshodgins #underground #goldmining #ontariomining 


Blasting My Bucket List | Professional Mining Industrial Photographer James Hodgins

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 Sting Of The Scorpion | Sudbury Mining Photographer James Hodgins

The Scorpion bulk explosives loader can efficiently pump the emulsion to heights over 28ft from the ground.  This was the first client of mine in the “Explosive” sector of the mining industrial industry where I photographed the Scorpion  doing what it does best.   The operator would control the boom and loading nose that can pivot and turn to a precise angle which in motion looks like a Stinger from a scorpion. It’s an impressive piece of equipment to photograph  and I hope I come across another and push some creative images into my mix.

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