The Back Story.
Over the years I have had the privilege to work with some great companies in the construction, engineering and aviation industries. Commissioned for corporate reportage, these companies send me all over Asia and the Middle East to visually document the projects they are working on for use in their marketing materials; websites, social media, annual and project reports.
These shoots often involve lugging around a whole heap of equipment; lights, camera, lenses, stands, etc, all restrictively packed up in pelican hard cases. However, I always carry a small Nikon Df with me so that as I wonder around the projects sites doing my recce's, I have a camera on hand should the opportunity arise to document some of the great people I get to meet. These people won't appear on the websites or in the brochures. These are the behind-the-scenes shot – the real people, doing real jobs.
When shooting these candid shoots, I try to follow a few simple rules:
1. I always ask permission to take a picture.
2. I never stage a shot and that includes not asking them to smile or even to look at the camera.
3. I shoot on a completely manual set-up and this means manually focussing too.
5. I don’t use flash.
6. I shoot black & white. Actually I shoot RAW colour, but I think and process to B&W.