A few years ago I was commissioned through the PR shop and by Glen Ryan , production manager of the Bell tea factory in East Tamaki, to shoot the interiors and machinery .
The company was keen to document the production lines and interiors before a major upgrade.
The Factory had changed very little over its lifetime and some of the filling lines and packaging machinery was a little old but visually interesting . The interiors of the factory were site drab so to liven it up , my assistant , Rod Gibbs , and I used coloured Gels over the lights to create more interest through different color balances. By necessity , the Shots had to be done during factory working hours. This gave an opportunity to incorporate a little bit of blur to show the movement around the machinery , which otherwise looked quite static.
The images were assembled and along with a recent aerial shot of the area, printed as 30x 45 inch murals to line the interiors and boardroom of the refurbished factory.