Corporate Photo Project

My last day of shooting for the Penrith Lakes Development Corporation project today.

Over the past month or so I have photographed 35 people who have played an integral part in the development of the Penrith Lakes scheme. These portraits will form part of a visual display at a handing over event in November, along with becoming a book of images and an exhibition of work.

This work was commissioned to celebrate the end of mining the Lakes and the valuable contribution of so many of the workers.

I’m very excited about the whole project and happy with the results from the weeks of shooting.

For the technically minded – each of the shots involved setting up three Elinchrom BX500s with 21 degree reflectors. As I needed to photograph each of the subjects at varying times of day from 9am to 4pm and anytime in between I wanted the lighting of the subject to be consistent as much as possible, therefore the three lights and reflectors.

The black and white images were captured in an old storage shed. These ‘hero’ shots are consistent in appearance and lighting and intended as an exhibition body of work.

The colour images will make up the book along with a brief bio for each participant.

I placed one light on camera axis and the other two out of frame over each shoulder of the subject. Large diffusers were also used to remove hard shadows from the sun.

Worker in front of excavator, Penrith Lakes Scheme.

Plant operator ‘Bluey’ with his excavator, Penrith Lakes Scheme.

Retired worker in front of old excavator, Penrith Lakes Scheme.

Retired worker Harry in front of the old 5130 excavator, Penrith Lakes Scheme.

Worker in front of weir, Penrith Lakes Scheme.

Rob pictured in front of the weir, Penrith Lakes Scheme.

Vegetation rehabilitation worker, Penrith Lakes Scheme.

Vegetation rehabilitation worker Richard pictured with some of the trees he helped plant over 10 years ago, Penrith Lakes Scheme.

Worker in front of final mine cut, Penrith Lakes Scheme.

Jim Stokes in front of the former Holchim site, Penrith Lakes Scheme.

Worker in front of final mine cut, Penrith Lakes Scheme.

Worker in front of final mine cut, Penrith Lakes Scheme.

Tree loppers

Tree loppers Tom, Dale and Kris.

Control Room operator Kearney.

Control Room operator Kearney.

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