ed rader wrote in post #15880791
you're pictures are technically perfect and very interesting. it's obvious to me that you've spent many hours at the site. is the reflection in the last picture you in a hard hat? how did you get permission to be on the job site.
Thank you for those kind words Ed - much appreciated . And yes - you nailed it...that's me in the hard hat. I've been tracking the project for the past two years. It's the largest bridge construction project in the history of Ohio.
When I first "arrived" on the scene - public sidewalks - the safety officers made it very clear which lines I was not to cross. The site is quite dangerous with a lot of heavy machinery, shifting soil, sharp metal, pits, and overhead cranes. I said I wanted to get much closer and asked how I could do that. He gave me the number of the Public Affairs Manager. I'd already done a fair amount of shooting from sidewalks and blogged those images, so I called her and sent a link to my work demonstrating how serious I was about my efforts to capture their progress. I asked to get closer. In the interest of PR she was eager to help and about every 3 months or so we get together, she issues me a hard hat, safety glasses and vest, and we walk the site.
I follow her rules, observe all safety measures, and she lets me shoot to my heart's content. Plus I make their project look good . It's a win-win.
Two pieces have already been in museum exhibitions plus I get the satisfaction of creating a historical record of capturing our changing urban landscape. My goal is to record the event and also to try and create art from all the patterns and geometry. And 95% of it was done with the 24-105. I don't really want to be changing lenses in that environment. - Stu