With a clientele that spans the mining, resources, construction, government and manufacturing sectors, many of my photographic assignments are on location, be it Australia or overseas. On any given day I might be shooting a mine site in the outback or a new property development in the Sydney CBD. Whether it’s working out of the back of a 4WD, or shooting aerial photography from a helicopter, I’m lucky enough to be able to draw upon 20 plus years of experience to make each and every location work successfully.
On any given day I might be shooting a mine site in the outback or a new property development in the CBD.
This diversity of assignments requires keen planning, organizational and logistics skills. I’m a believer in Murphy’s Law, so make it my business to anticipate the unexpected and plan for every possible contingency. Before every shoot, I like to make sure I'm in communication with all the relevant stakeholders to minimise surprises on shoot day. That said, even the best-made plans are can be turned on their head by the elements of nature. It's in these situations where remaining calm under pressure ensures I can still deliver a successful outcome for the client.
In the case of industrial photography the challenge is to demonstrate the scale of operations. The images are often for an investor audience, who are never likely to experience the location first-hand. It's my role to create images that communicate the significance of the site in dramatic fashion. Architectural photography is equally testing. There are a number of factors that come together to make photographing the exterior of a building technically very demanding. It can often take several visits to the location to discover the best time of day or conditions to dramatise the geometric forms of the building. Even then it can be a waiting game for the sky to clear and sunlight strike.
Shooting on location can be enormously rewarding and a lot of fun too. However, no matter how much fun it can be, location photography is where safety is of the highest priority, particularly for industrial operations. I am veteran of site induction sessions and am fully equipped with the necessary personal protective equipment for most industrial operations. Regardless of the location, this awareness ensures my locations shoots are extremely safe environments, and the images I capture display best practice occupational health and safety.