I was honored to be asked by The Frause Group to photograph their client McKinstry Industries. If you’re not familiar with the company 9and unless you’ve built a huge commercial building lately, you’re probably not) I recommend at least learning about their business model. It’s pretty impressive and seems fit to weather any storm this economic climate could produce.
On a side note, maybe if we used something a little less threatening for our economic metaphor it would ease some of the pain. Like beer for instance. The past year or so could be the Schmidt Ice time in our economy, but we are moving slowly towards Sam Adams and in a couple years we’ll be back to our fine selection of Micro Brews. Just a thought Wall Street…*
Back to the job. McKinstry is starting a project that can house small businesses while they help them plan and develop their ideas, appropriately called the McKinstry Innovation Center. Frause is building a website and marketing materials for the Center and needed new photos of the workshop and offices. I turned into a kid with his first camera in that metals shop. There were so many fascinating scenes to shoot and details to capture. When someone is working, especially with heavy machinery, they don’t always have the most patience to be photographed. But, everyone there was super cool and willing to help out and participate. That participation may have been due in part to a macabre interest in the tolerance of my skin and gear in relation to the constant shower of sparks it had to endure. It was well worth it. The shoot was awesome and it’s always a very rewarding experience to work with people at the forefront of their industry. I wish them the very best in this new venture.
*I apologize if I’ve offended the sensitive nature of your beer tastes, if so I encourage you to come up with your own model for this economic pub.