Every so often my job takes me to some amazing places that I would never get to experience otherwise. Shooting at the Vermont Castings Company and getting a close up view of its foundry was definitely something to add to that list of rare treats.
The project was a renovation and expansion completed by Neagley & Chase several years ago. They wanted to highlight the unique project with some professional photos for a case study on their website. The project added new space that improved both safety and productivity all while maintaining their 24/7 manufacturing schedule. Employee safety, lighting and amenities all received energy efficient upgrades. It was fascinating to see how the plant’s function informed its redesign.
Clearly the most exciting part of the shoot was seeing the iron pour and storage vats in the foundry. Touring the sooty manufacturing building while the massive machinery churned around us was nothing short of amazing.
The rest of the shoot provided plenty of visual interest. The warehouse spaces containing rows and rows of casts and racks of wood stove parts were impressive. In stark contrast to the manufacturing space, the new front office was sleek and clean but still provided a view into the company’s operations with an interior window wall. Thanks to remote lighting I was able to get the space behind it to show through.
Stina Booth is a commercial architecture photographer based in northern Vermont available to shoot in Vermont and throughout New England. Services include residential, municipal and commercial projects. To inquire about having your project photographed contact me.
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