I captured this image last week while underground in Quebec and at the time I had several ideas on how I would title this. As I was getting ready to post it just now I really couldn’t add any text to it. Adding text just might decrease the impact that this image has. There are SO many stories behind this image but it is up to you to decide which one relates to you. So at this time I am leaving it unnamed. Enjoy.
All images are © James Hodgins and Mining Industrial Photographer
Last week I had the fortunate opportunity to work with some crew from Maclean Engineering in Timmins and Quebec photographing some older and new models of Maclean Equipment. It was great to see equipment from 20+ years still on the job and also some new “very clean” machines that had just arrived on site. The Maclean Crew were nothing but professional, considerate and helpful throughout the whole trip. Thanks again Maclean Engineering, it was a pleasure creating images for you.
Last day, last photo. The GANG.
It’s always great to see your images being used by the International companies you photograph for. Sometimes it’s a few weeks, sometimes it’s over a year before they make their presence known and when you get the call back from the company requesting your services again you know it was a job well done.
Sometimes all the elements of a great photograph show up without being invited. This is what I call a pleasant surprise in the mining industrial sectors and when it happens I take full advantage of it.
I do enjoy photographing underground any chance I can get but I am looking forward to working with a few new clients this Summer in some unique locations. Each location brings it’s own challenges whether it’s lighting, accessibility, or even the subject I am shooting, but that is all part of the job. As a professional it’s not about “rolling with the punches” but rather “been there done that” which only comes with experience.
I still remember how amazed I was at just how small things can look in the distance. It wasn’t until I was standing beside this beast (and within it) just how big it actually was. Of course, I know that this Dragline is small in comparison to other mining machines around the world, but it’s still a beast in my books.
A couple of months ago I had the opportunity to create images for HomeSafe ( a new safety program Vale recently launched in the Ontario Operations). It was amazing to see so many people come together to help create the final video and marketing materials for this one of kind safety program. Hats off to my buddy Ryan for some great cinematography and www.overtheatlantic.com and Conway Fraser www.frasertorosay.com for bringing it all together. Also, let’s not forget Amanda Brosseau for keeping us all inline throughout this whole experience. I enjoyed photographing each participant and spending time with each of their families. This video really hit home.
I invite you to watch it and see for yourselves. Click here and watch the first video on the page
It’s Monday morning and even though the sun was out all weekend I still daydream of warmer weather. When I captured this image in Puerto Escondido Cuba it was a cool 32 degrees and about 80% humidity. I was thankful for auto focus because the sweat kept dripping into my eyes blurring my vision.
While on location in Cuba James Hodgins a Sudbury Photographer created images for an international Oil & Gas company to be used for their Annual Reports and Investor Relations materials