Photographing construction often gives me the same feeling
as when I am shooting show photography. Skilled people busy
at their tasks, fully absorbed in their craft are seldom bothered
by a camera. On a construction site, I can capture huge projects
underway, but also very candid shots of the people at work
bringing the project to life.
Again, my camera lens is drawn to things that recall memories
from my youth. I worked for a short time as a steel rigger
in Tasmania, an experience that built my respect for those
who work with their bodies. It was hard, dirty work, with
a touch of excitement. The construction workers -- unsung
heroes really -- put in long hours at the job for relatively
little recognition of their efforts.
Artistically, construction sites make compelling photos.
The large steel columns and heavy machinery make interesting
subjects. The blends of materials, colors, shapes and forms,
intermingled with the human element of fatigued faces, sweat-streaked
brows and straining muscles. It is fascinating to watch these
structures take shape. When completed they stand as examples
of the incredible imagination and abilities of humans.