I had the opportunity to tour a factory that was a little different from the usual factories I visit. A friend of mine has a friend that owns an “adult toy” factory near Ningbo. I’ve always been curious about the manufacturing processes used, as well as the business model. It was absolutely fascinating.
I made my usual stop in Ningbo and took photos near my usual shopping mall (Wanda Plaza). Except for the people in the photos it looks like the photos could have been taken in Minneapolis.
Lots and lots of rain in Ningbo. It never stopped. So I spent my time shooting inside a mall or out in the rain.
I decided to merge my new love for my 85mm f1.8 lens with a video project for work, so I compiled a collection of video clips into a “How it’s Made” video about making knives in Yangjiang, China.
I’m making two passes through Yangjiang on this trip. These are photos from pass number one.
I’ve compiled the “Greatest Hits of 2013” into a five minute video along with some pithy commentary.
I take a lot of factory tours in China. That’s my job. I do it for many reasons, including learning about how things are manufactured so I can become a better designer. I also take photos…
During the last few years I’ve begun documenting factory tours with photographs. Most of the shots are “technical” images meant to capture the factory’s capabilities, but every once in a while I see an “art quality” photo opportunity – which usually leaves my Chinese tour guide looking very puzzled. Why did he take a picture of THAT?