I just got back from Brazil where I was on site at www.largoresources.com Menchin mine just outside of Maracas Brazil. I quickly scanned through my images as I was making multiple backups so I can clear my cards and drives for my Mexico Assignment this week. There was a point in the day where I stole a few minutes to just photograph everyday work on the site. Nothing staged, no additional lighting, just a walkabout capturing moments that are happening before they are gone. It’s a shooting style that I honed early on in my career and I am still working on it to this day. It basically consists of taking a minute to just watch your surroundings,Watch people moving and working. Watch the routes they take and then simply get to a spot to take maximum advantage of the surroundings including leading lines, composition and natural lighting.
I liked the leading lines of the rope barrier, the perpendicular lines of the crosswalk, and the subdued lighting as clouds rolled in dropping a few raindrops over top of us. It was only a few seconds that I had to wait for someone to come across the quadrant I wanted to place my subject in.
Its simple, yet tells a story. It’s non-staged, not a snapshot but it works.