I origionally intended for this to be a color image. A Kodak Ultra Color film emulation offered the best final polish for the image. Before publishing, I thought I should have a look in b&w. I ended up starting over with a b&w workflow. Glad I did, I feel this one has more impact. Hope you like it too.
Over the last 6 months, while traveling to work each day, I’ve witnessed the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) bridge replacement project on US Hwy 52 between I-40 & I-40 business in Winston-Salem, NC. Within this short distance of under a mile, the project includes several bridge replacements, road widening and ramp improvements. I’ve come to expect traffic delays in the area. Some days, there’s a lot of time to observe.
As all photographers know, you’re always looking at the world with the next possible composition in mind. Over time, I built up a short list of potential subjects to photograph. Finally, a few weeks ago, I found my way to a safe pull-off near the construction site. I hit most of the items on my short list, but also found several other opportunities to photograph once on site.
During my time on the construction site, I took notice of the “sausage making”, the individual & team work effort, the incremental contributions that over time lead to a significant achievement. As I often remind my Scout youth, “how do you eat an elephant?” Answer, “one bite at a time.”