Industrial photography has always fascinated me. Even though much of my early work was in landscape and nature photography, I discovered that the same principles apply when approaching a man-made subject : show it in interesting light, with a clean, compelling composition and no extraneous content, so that the subject can stand clearly on its own and be well seen.
The container cranes in the Port of Oakland have long been a favorite. With this shot of a single crane in the purple dusk and the setting moon I was careful to approach close and shoot upward at enough of an angle to show a clear sky and horizon. The result is quite dramatic.
It was long been rumored that George Lucas was inspired by the Oakland cranes to invent the Imperial AT-AT walkers in Star Wars, but the story turns out to be an urban legend. Even so you can still buy an Oakland Crane AT-AT tee shirt !
Since I have done quite a bit of commercial shipping photography around the world, a portfolio update of industrial imagery will be forthcoming.