Welcome to the first instalment of Launceston silos documentation series. I have been commissioned by a local developer who is undertaking a massive construction job on four derelict silos along the Tamar River. There will be photography throughout different stages of development over the next 12 months. I will also be compiling a time lapse of the construction from three different angles using a series of Brinno cameras.
This is a very exciting project and I’m happy to be a part of it. So far I’ve had a lot of fun exploring some of the tunnels under the silo, climbing the 35 meters to the tops and lighting the interior of the silos at night. I’ve taken some wide shots of the silos from various perspectives around the city, but what I’ve enjoyed the most is getting down on the site and getting stuck into creative compositions and lighting.
This image is the north east corner of the silos. I locked the camera off on a tripod and took three different images and compiled them using HDR techniques. I’m very happy with this image, I am fond of the colour and composition. But I think what stands out the most to me is the texture on the silos and the sharp line of shadow penetrating the side of the image.
This image was a LOT of fun to make! I was inside one of the silos at night, trying to dodge the rain that was penetrating the leaky roof and keep the gear dry. I set out the create a stark images with a powerful form in the centre. The shape you see is a chute that feeds into the silo to pour grain. When working on the image I had the left side of the composition entirely black, however I felt it needed some definition. I took a light with come blue cellophane and stuck it right down in the corner behind the shoot to just help lift the edge out.
Please follow my blog using the email subscription and keep up to date with the development as it progresses. It is a very exciting development for Launceston and some of these images will eventually be framed and hung on the foyer walls of the hotel.
- Launceston silos set for a makeover — Errol Stewart’s vision for a 11 storey hotel complex (blogs.abc.net.au)