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January 10, 2011 / bonniesavage

Industrial Series

I’ve started a personal series that explores industries in Victoria which have either completely dried up, or are experiencing a big period of change.

Here’s a shot from a Melbourne shoe factory which now gets half it’s production made in China:

Some of the businesses I’ll shoot will have already completely dried up – such as tram conductors and others will be forced to adapt and change with the times.

More examples from this series such as a letterpresss printer can be seen on my site.

This is a really great project for me because I love shooting portraits and I especially love environmental portraits. This gives me an opportunity to delve into people’s work lives and learn about industries that I would otherwise know nothing about. I’m also trying to concentrate on colour and the use of textures and repetition in this series.

Above is the first from my series and is of Roberto, an ex tram conductor. I shot this in a very dark tram depot – as you can see I’ve lit it to look as if its out in the daylight (my set had 10 lights in total) and I have photoshopped out the flashes which were in frame.



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  1. Gemma Carr / Jan 14 2011 4:25 pm

    cool post Bonnie! Love to see the behind the scenes action, really interesting and looks like a lot of work!
    Happy New year! xo

  2. bonniesavage / Jan 17 2011 10:01 am

    Thanks! Yeah it was a bit of messing around, but I enjoyed it…..

  3. JohnBraz / Sep 10 2014 4:00 pm

    wait.. what? the second photo is the same as the first but photoshoped? or you pulled the lights back?

    • bonniesavage / Sep 10 2014 4:06 pm

      Hey John, I took an image without the lights at all to get the interior of the tram (that the soft boxes were covering) and then I dropped that part into the final shot.
      For two reasons, firstly because there wasn’t enough room in the tram to shoot wide and have big soft boxes as well. Secondly, I like how the portraits look when the soft boxes are quite close. That make sense?

      • JohnBraz / Sep 10 2014 4:59 pm

        It does! And also shows me that I need to upgrade my photoshop skills!!!
        Thanks! By the way you have amazing photos!

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