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Oil and Gas Photographers

Oil and Gas Photographers.

Oil refinery photography

Oil refinery photography

Working in an explosive environment, I do like to have structure and order in my images..it adds to a visual composition that adds clarity to a photo - using people as scale and points of colour to draw the viewer into the photo.

Sometimes in complicated environments where there is a lot going on visually adding carefully positioned people into the image can add a controlled 'quite' moment in the chaos to help the viewer see and understand the context of the whole environment.

Oil and gas and energy photographers international industrial photographers.

Oil and gas and energy photographers international industrial photographers.

I was asked to describe my work recently and came to the opinion that my 'style' is 'classic industrial'..in so far as it's a style of imagery that shows the thing being photographed as recognisable and using it's own form to create a visual image that tells the story. 

Safety is paramount, all my camera and lighting kit is battery powered..and to the best of my knowledge there are no usable to the image quality and versatility required intrinsically safe housings for the camera and variety of lenses. So under permit working it's always a 'hot works' permit on the basis of there could be a source of ignition from the camera or battery with everyone wearing a gas detector to monitor the changing conditions… the regular 'chirp' of the detector always ever present.  

Construction Photographer. UK CSCS Card.

Construction Phase Photographer with CSCS Card.

In the organised chaos of a busy construction site getting photographers with CSCS cards to make visual sense can be a challenge.

If you look there can be beautiful order to the composition of building sites and architectural structure photographs. Personally I always look for spaces of quiet order in my work, I like to have a tidy mind-a place for everything and everything has a place and organising the chaos into photography images with visual structure and order.

There are many compositional rules that photographers and artists employ..the rule of thirds for example, not putting the center of focus right bang in the middle, using devices to draw the eye around the image, but creative image making is more than just rules. It should be about 'how does it feel?' 'does it look right?' after all there are many exceptions to 'the rules'.

I'm not sure if composition can be taught, after all I'm sure I could compose a tune-all the right notes but just in the wrong order, and photography is the same, just putting the elements in the frame is sometimes not enough..they need to be ordered to make a hit.