“I see you there walking around my personal space, chasing the equipment, people and light as it fades into my horizon. Many have come before you, many have succeeded in capturing my good side but many have also failed. Show me respect and walk safely within my domain and I will reward you with captured glimpses that will stay true to the end of time.” ~ The Open Pit
Back again, the Jumbo Drill, one of my favorite machines to photograph. This image was captured this past fall deep underground at Island Gold Mine just outside of Wawa Ontario Canada and was recently used displayed in Social Media. https://www.northernontariobusiness.com/industry-news/mining/wawa-area-mine-plans-for-expansion-2024459
The term “Visible Gold – VG” is used throughout the mining industry and on most occasions I am photographing the end product in a solid brick form or within core samples from the exploration drillers but recently I photographed some VG that just shined like the yellow brick road.
That’s my goal when I create my images. I want to capture your attention for a split second at most. I want you to look at the image and have your brain say to you “well this is nice, let’s look at it a bit longer and appreciate the quality of it.”
There are so many factors that go into the images that need to be addressed in order to pull it off, especially underground. Is the shutter speed slow enough to capture ambient light? If so, is it fast enough so that the people are not blurred if they move slightly? Is the light direction at the proper angle to properly light the subjects? Composition so that the subjects are defined within the image. These are just a few out of a dozen factors I need to address in order to create the image………..usually within minutes. The end goal is to create an image that still looks natural, even though the natural image could never be captured.
Stop it, just stop it.
In between eating, sleeping and fishing over the holidays I got to catch up on some of my mining magazine browsing and I was still surprised to see low grade, over processed cellphone images being submitted for magazine articles. You know the ones I am referring too – quickly captured on a cellphone and then manipulated with an app where the colors are non existent in the real mining world. They look exactly like the top image I have attached below.
Any images featured in magazines, social media news or other related professional industry criteria should be of a standard you want your company to be known for.
Because if you don’t, your competitors will.
It’s back to the grind, nose to the ground, full steam ahead, give it all you got kind of day. It’s back to work creating and showcasing mining images from around the world. Where will I go in 2020? I can’t let the cat out of the bag yet but if all goes according to plan I should be out and about to a few different countries this year so stay tuned to my blog, social media or subscribe to my email list and receive my posts once a week.
I have been to a lot of places and photographed a lot of people over the years within several industries. There is a persona that I come across often and luckily I see it more often than not, “professionalism”.
They take pride in their career and the connections they make with the people working along side them. When I ask them about their career they have an enthusiastic tone that resonates in their words as they describe in detail the mechanics of what they are doing that you can visualize it without seeing it.
My goal is to create an image of these individuals that exemplifies their persona within their work environment.
Images I created for Vale Canada LTD have been showcased throughout their 2018/2019 Integrated Community Report.
The Front/Back images were photographed at Totten Mine in the Summer month of July. In addition a feedback card was mailed out to the community which I just received in the post.
I rarely get to capture images of surveyors underground so it was a pleasure to job shadow Kayla and photograph while she was working.
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