Heavy Metal

I have a certain fondness for Big Industry. Actually, let me rephrase that slightly – I fucking love Big Industry!

One of the reasons I find myself here, writing this today, is a determination to capture artistic, beautiful scenes where one would not traditionally expect to find them. I enjoy the counter-intuitive feeling and the challenge of searching for that elusive angle or composition. Sure, I will explore an old church should I happen across one. But let’s not forget, though it might be suffering from decay, it was designed to be attractive so it’s almost like shooting fish in a barrel. Working with dirty, rusty pipes and chains feels much closer to my original ambition. Purer almost. I can only speak for myself of course but, I find myself most at home shooting big industry, especially on this scale.

Arty-farty pretension aside, it’s just plain old fun to be able to run around a massive Belgian steelworks unimpeded by corporate tour guides or the health & safety rigmarole (admittedly, an attitude which has previously left me with a scar big and ugly enough to pass off as a bullet wound – let’s gloss over that for now).

Taking all of this into account, you can probably get an idea how pleased I was to be able to fit the gargantuan steelworks known quite appropriately as ‘Heavy Metal’ into our itinerary while touring Belgium in March.

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The scale of this site was something to behold and yet can be difficult to convey in a postcard-sized jpeg. To get an idea of how big the room above is take a look at the stairs illuminated towards the right of the image. …and this was only one room of many on this scale and complexity on the site.

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Every level ascended revealed more of the steelworks secrets. Here, about ten or so storeys up and almost at the ceiling, the gantry cranes suspend enormous hooks on track-bound carts. The hooks would carry equally massive buckets of molten metal across the building.

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9315003117_d3a0847537_k“Must resist urge to push button. Must resist urge to push button…”

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Thanks folks.

MrD

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