Industrial photography is my specialty. Since I started working in construction at age 19 (my first job was as an ornamental iron worker on the World Trade Center), I have loved working in industrial environments. For me, the sound of heavy equipment, the smell of diesel fuel, and the glow from an acetylene torch means it’s time to go to work. My job is to showcase a client’s industrial process, their machines, their people and the techniques used in their work.
While industrial photography may not require any kind of special photo gear, it does require the knowledge of how to work safely in a hazardous workplace. It almost always requires special safety equipment. I have the PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) required on most job sites (steel toe shoes, hard hat, gloves, eye and ear protection, etc.), but I also have the specialized safety equipment (flame retardant clothing, safety harnesses, respirators) needed in more challenging environments. In addition to my gear, I have completed the safety courses required to shoot on a rig, in a refinery, or construction environment