Another one of my favorite trips this past year was to Red Lake Ontario to create a visual library for Pure Gold Mining at their Madsen Gold Project.
” James Hodgins did very professional work for the Madsen Gold Project photography when we hired him back in the Fall. I always tell him that they are worthy of a coffee table book on the interesting aspect of underground mining and equipment they use. We would gladly use him again for our project. “
Manager, Investor Relations
Pure Gold Mining Inc.
You can read more on Pure Gold Mining’s discoveries in their recent article featured at Proactiveinvestors.com
I created this quick portrait of Michael after we and the team finished another successful photoshoot with Epiroc here in Northern Ontario. It’s always a pleasure working with Michael and the Epiroc Team as we are constantly bouncing ideas off each other in order to create some unique images.
I value the people I work with and love to create images for them to use as a thank you. They give me their time, patience and knowledge of the job while we are on location shooting. Here is a quick portrait I created of Brianne before we finished a shoot for Epiroc.
It was in the high 20’s during the day with sun beating down on us, keeping us warm while the crew worked the diamond drill but as the day turned to evening the temps dropped, your skin cooled and the warm glow of the sunset faded into the crests of the outline mountains.
After touring around the #PDAC2108 tradeshow this past Monday I realized that I have been photographing some of my industrial clients for over 15 years now. My very first glimpse into the Exploration Industry was with Atlas Copco & Brenda Hamilton photographing a line of Hobic ITH Diamond Drilling Bits. Over the years Brenda kept calling me back for new images in different locations and I am still creating images for her and her team at Epiroc today. It’s relationships like this that make my career a choice that I do not regret. Brenda, thanks for being a great client and more importantly a great friend.
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.
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 underground mining industry is moving forward to create energy efficient heavy equipment that can do more, run longer and emit less heat while underground. Atlas Copco’s Battery Electric Scoop Tram does all this and more. I had the pleasure of watching this tram in action and listening to the hum of the electric motor as it was pushed through the paces of it’s daily expectations.