Industrial Photography – Abstract

On photo-assignment for the Irish company Oldcastle Materials, I photographed plenty of industrial “clean” images.  But for this blog post, I wanted to show a few slightly abstract industrial photographs.

Art director Heather Askew stressed that we needed clean perspectives and angles to showcase in photography, the gravel and asphalt plant near Grand Junction Co.  And the Commercial photography photo-shoot was a resounding success.

The business of making industry field pictures at a working plant look like a sterile bathroom is part of the job.  And the challenge is reward in itself, particularly when the client is pleased with the results of the industrial photography.  But the artist in me likes to look for abstract.  And like a little boy in his sandbox, I was having fun commanding from my perch on the man-lift, just where the trucks and bulldozers should go.



Workers meet on narrow stairs in gravel & asphalt plant Photograph.

Recycled asphalt shingles (RAS) at United Gravel near Grand Junction Co.




An Irish based company, Oldcastle Materials

is the leading supplier of aggregates, asphalt, ready-mix concrete, and construction and paving services in the United States.

I was contacted by the marketing department in Atlanta about industrial photography in the field.
And after some preliminary discussions, I was hired for a three day commercial photo-shoot.
We centered our industrial photography photo-operation out of Grand Junction working from dawn to dusk and
traveled over to Telluride to capture photography of ongoing asphalt paving crews.

Art director and writer Heather Askew (left) composes a new shot idea while I photograph from above. Tar-On-Tank abstract industry photograph (right)

Gravel quarry industry abstract photography in western Colorado.

Heavy equipment piles RAP – recycled asphalt pavement.  

Photograph of photographer’s shadow on man-lift during corporate/industrial field photo-shoot.

Piles of RAP and gravel with tree.

Recycled asphalt pavement (Rap) as it comes off the conveyer belt.

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Magazine Cover Photography

Executive Portrait Photography for Magazine Story

These are just a few of the magazine cover photography possibilities for Lore magazine.

Lore editor Tracey Velt contacted me from Florida about doing the photo-shoot for the cover story for the Magazine.
We talked about how to make an interesting dynamic magazine cover photograph that would stand out from the others.
The job was to photograph three executives who had amassed a great deal of real estate
and knowledge of the land business.  I had thoughts of photographing the three men at dusk against
the wide expanse of Rocky Mountain landscape.  And I traveled to several unique locations to scout out interesting vistas.
I thought about photographing the moguls at night against the bright-light cityscape or
in some exotic office tower.  I wanted to have my favorite make-up artist/stylist Suzanne Blons along and
I wanted everything to be perfect.
But when the day came for the photo-shoot one of the three executives could spare only one hour … at noon.
Sometimes professional photographer has to work fast and work under less than ideal circumstances.
But the three executives were a delight to work with and the results are, at least above par.
Executive-Photography-For Magazine-Cover-Story

Two of the possibilities of photographs to be used for the Lore Magazine cover.

The magazine will of course use these executive portraits in color rather than black and white.


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101 Years Young

Carmella Magnelli – All Italian Parts! 

On a recent commercial photography trip to West Virginia for Antero Resources, I was lucky to fly into and out of Pittsburgh Pa.  And that meant I’d have a chance to see my 101 year old Aunt Carmella.

Still living at her home in Mckees Rocks Pennsylvania, Carmella Magnelli is cared for by her incredible son Francis.  My visit was short and very sweet but Carmella’s playful mood kept me smiling all the way back to Colorado.

At 72, cousin Francis (goes by Frank, but we always knew him has Francie) is committed to the task of taking care of his mother.  But he and she get a break from each other three times a week when Carmella goes to a day-care facility.  When I asked her who’s her favorite person at the care center, she pointed at finger at me and said with an elfin-like western Pa. accent -”YOU!”

She might not have known who I was even after I told her I am her brother’s son.  But it really didn’t matter.  She’s beyond worrying about silly details like who’s who.

Spry and strong at 101.

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