All the photos in Aaron Fahrmann’s book Industry were taken within a four-block radius, which might not seem like such a tough job in a picture-perfect location. Hawaii looks spectacular even on a bad day, and Venice adds instant drama to any shot – but an industrial park? Now there’s a challenge that flexes some photographic muscle.
Heavy industry reveals an unexpectedly lighter side in Aaron’s Blurb book. He catches industrial parks in their precious downtime: aluminum-clad buildings basking in sunlight, after-hours shadows stretching across closed steel doors, a red flag down for the count on an industrial park mailbox. A caution-orange cone kicked to the curb provides an unlikely moment of Zen: If a traffic cone falls on a street and there are no cars around, does it make a sound?
In this concrete-grey wasteland, a plucky red hydrant offers a little light relief. For finding such uplifting moments in dreary settings, Industry is our Book of the Week. Congrats, Aaron!