Photoessay: The textures of construction

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There are times on assignment when I find the work in progress textures to be at least as appealing as the finished product; perhaps more so because of their transient nature. The complete buildings will be visible for a long period, but the supports, underlayers, rebar, assembly jigs etc. disappear after a rather short amount of time, and not having been seen by many and appreciated by even fewer – sometimes only their architects. I’ve always thought this is a bit of a shame – without the underlying hardware, there’s no public face. So here’s a celebration of the unseen critical bits…MT

Shot over a long, long period of time with a wide variety of equipment and processed with PS Workflow III.

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Comments

  1. Ugly man-made messes they are, made beautiful by an indescribable order and beauty that shines through if seen in such that way. You snagged up the balance & made it appreciable and frame-worthy. No, don’t explain how you did it… I will lose more synapses in my lobes!

  2. Alex Carnes says:

    Very nice. You know, of all contemporary photographers, you’re one of the very few whose work I think I could recognise without being told who shot it!

  3. Do you photograph demolishions too?

  4. You can turn ANYTHING into art, Ming.

  5. Great stuff! For a moment there I could actually smell the raw concrete in that downward looking view into what is now a shaft. Then various finished surfaces began popping into place, changing the space into alternative uses. Drug-free hallucinations! A new form of photographic enjoyment.

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