I was given an opportunity to photograph the old International Paper manufacturing plant in Mason, Ohio. The plant was renovated for the new Crossroads Community Church. Crossroads has a reputation for taking old structures and making them new once again, and they do a great job. The architects maintained the character of the old building, leaving the exposed age worn steel support beams, concrete floor with all its markings, and the old crane, arguably the most unique artifact in the facility. Much of the structural character remains intact maintaining the integrity of its industrial past. The design includes several seating areas throughout the old manufacturing floor, a large auditorium, a concession area and a large warm and colorful kids area including classrooms and worship areas. Two unique additions, a wood burning stove placed along several concrete benches to warm the crowds on those cold winter Sunday’s, and one of my favorites, four shipping containers turned into a concession area.
I spent two days photographing this project. The strong afternoon light spilling over into my work space forced me to carefully plan my photo shoot. The sunlight was much to contrasty, leaving strong shadows falling onto the furniture and throughout my work space. The overcast light I had the following day gave me some flexibility. I like having time on my side when photographing interiors. Time allows me to explore multiple angles without compromising the best possible shot. Assignments take time to orchestrate and second chances to re-shoot may not be possible, therefore I make the effort to photograph every angle I think best illustrates the space. I don’t always process every series of shots, but knowing I have options during the processing stage takes a huge burden off my shoulders. After all, my goal is to deliver the best possible product that illustrates the talent and vision of my clients.
I hope you enjoy January’s Project of the Month.
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