Construction Industry Photographers.
Find a very small space, fill with pipes heat exchangers, valves & pumps add an engineer, client, lighting equipment..and a photographer, then photograph.
Shooting M&E can be a challenge, photography in very small spaces is not just trying to ‘get everything in’ but to show an image that has clarity and some sense of depth.
Photographing the services that keep buildings working is either done during construction phase or as part of a re-fit or upgrade, either way job one on the list when getting to a location is the ‘tidy up’. I will often ask for the location to be tidied last thing day before the shoot..it gives the airborne dust time to settle and clear, brushing the floors when you are setting for the shoot just fills the air making for less contrast in the image..fills the camera and lenses..and me.
Getting a viewpoint can be a challenge, often there will be only one view that works or is the only place you can set the camera. Then adding lighting, using a technique of mixing both flash and light painting illumination can be used to highlight and add contrast and separation to each of the elements in the photograph.
Lens selection is also a consideration, not just a case of picking the widest shortest focal length but considering how the perspective can be made less extreme by image stiching with a slightly longer focal length lens.
Women in Construction & Engineering.
What can you see, it's not a trick question..but what you can see represents only 9% of the workforce in Construction & Engineering.
The drive to get women to think about careers slowly moves forwards, and with any minoritys the ones that do excel are carrying the banner for both their their sex and their employers.
As an industrial, engineering & construction photographer shooting almost exclusively on location the majority of people I come into contact with on site are men..but things are changing and for the better.
I now see a more diverse workforce across the worksite, skilled construction & engineering professional women developing skills and knowledge to build a long and rewarding career.
As a dad with 2 daughters and a son, we will see them all in the next 3-7 years complete the education phase and be in the workplace, No.1 daughter is at university studying for a degree in Mental Health Nursing (admiration knows no limits), N0.2 daughter is doing 'A' levels at college and is thinking of Midwifery, No.1 son is still in high school with an eye on a science of some sort.
As an industrial photographer dad who comes home and enthuses about some of the incredible engineering and places I photograph you would think that at least some of the positive messages would have subliminally sunk in, but no-never at any time did any of them consider a career in construction or engineering.
I know it's not for everyone but the conversation just never happened, it leads me to think that we need to 'get them early' and employers know this, investing in school partnership programs, site visits and sponsorships to promote as attractive to both male and female entry to the industry.
All I see is skilled professionals be they men or women.