The Pacific Northwest has a rich shipbuilding history that predates the American Civil War. The number of Northwest shipyards peaked shortly after World War II. Today the urban landscapes in port cities such as Portland and Seattle are still dotted with shipyards that build and repair a wide range of seagoing vessels. Though local residents often see these facilities from a distance, it’s rare to get a look inside the dry docks and workshops where the ship shaping magic happens. I was fortunate to not only get a look inside three of these yards; I was able to bring my camera along.
I want to thank the fine folks at Vigor Industrial for permitting me to photograph Vigor shipyards in Portland OR, Seattle WA, and Tacoma WA. Each yard had its own special character. It was an extraordinary experience to visit these places as an artist and be able to record what I saw.
Mark Fitzgerald is a photographer, teacher, and author who helps photographers understand modern photography tools so they can make images that express their unique creative visions. Mark teaches classes and workshops and is the author of several books on Photoshop, Lightroom, and digital workflow. His latest book, Zen of Postproduction, is available in bookstores and online. Mark’s photographic specialty is Industrial Fine Art photography. He combines his unique way of seeing the industrial world with his special flavor of postproduction techniques to create striking images of things and places most people never get to see.