I consider this among the greatest photographs I’ve ever taken. As my friends were packing to leave Taunton State Hospital on a spring night in 2006, I was setting up one last shot by the light of the full moon. I loaded my Minolta SRT-101 with Fuji NPH, a 400 ASA film that had uneven reciprocity failure - it color-shifted towards blue during long exposure. I composed this shot basically in the dark using intuition, and then just guessed that a 30 minute exposure at f/8 would work. And when I got my film back from the lab… I had this shot of a chair by a window in one of the many patient rooms in the asylum, captured entirely by full moonlight. Shortly thereafter, I dropped out of a PhD program in philosophy to do photography full-time.
The maximum capacity on Shell’s Olympus drilling rig and platform is 192 workers. That many people eat a lot of food—about 1650 pounds of meat every week. Included in that is about 785 pounds of beef, 370 pounds of chicken and 80 pounds of catfish.
Crews work a variety of schedules—two weeks on and then two weeks off is common. Those who work at night need quiet during the day. In the sleeping quarters you’ll see signs advising passersby that a “day sleeper” is inside. Crews share bedrooms—two or four to a room. Each bunk has its own television.
The rig has an exercise room (shown above) and a game room that also has large-screen TVs and recliners.
Tomorrow we visit Shell’s on-shore Deep Water Technology Centers in downtown New Orleans—more then…