Construction documentation

Pittsburgh construction photography

Sometimes the best thing you can do is wait. You find an angle that works, choose a lens to compress the scene, but you need more, you need a point of focus, a human element, a center of interest to bring it all home. You wait for the picture to build, for that singular moment when all the parts come together in a crescendo, and you squeeze the shutter. Foreground, middle ground and background all working together to tell the story. You've done your job. 

Dissecting this photograph, I was assigned to document a major road construction project for an engineering company. They wanted more than just progress photos. The images would be for internal and external communications. 

The first thing on the shot list was a dramatic overall showing the scope of the project. While I often receive a list of the pictures the client wants, rarely am I given specific instructions. Most clients trust my eye. They know my dedication to the project I'm assigned. More than once art directors have given me instructions as simple as "go make nice pictures." 

Wandering the site, I found an elevated point that showed everything I needed, heavy equipment, graded road, concrete forms, and rebar. The only thing missing was a person. So I waited. I knew they would be bringing in steel beams for the overpass and I hoped a person would appear. 

Luck favors the prepared. It wasn't long before a worker, who just happened to wear a USA t-shirt that day, appeared at the exact spot I needed him to be. My first picture checked off the list.