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Portfolio: Industrial Spaces

January 11, 2011 | by

My process is different every time. Sometimes I stumble upon places, objects or spaces that I then go back and photograph. I also do research and travel to cities in the U.S. that are historically known as industrial, like Bethlehem and Bath in Western Pennsylvania. I’m not actually looking for anything specific; there’s no predetermined idea in my mind. I walk around these industrial sites until I find the shapes and structures that are rich in lines and geometric forms. I often travel to New Jersey, mainly to Elizabeth. It’s a heavily industrial city, a blue-collar working-class city. A friend of mine wanted to come shoot with me one day—he’s from Cleveland, which is where I grew up. He found it hilarious that I moved from Cleveland to New York, because I keep going to places that look like Cleveland.

As a photographer, I’m visually attracted to the same things I found compelling when I thought I’d be an industrial designer. When I started art school, I realized I liked the medium of photography and its immediacy more than drawing. When I take photos of these places that already exist I can then see them through my own perspective, instead of re-creating them through a sketch or a drawing. The photographs featured in the show were taken in New York, New Jersey, Ohio, and Western Pennsylvania.

Factory Wall, Elizabeth, New Jersey

Crane 19, New York, New York

Pier D, New York, New York

Process Tank, Brooklyn, New York

Ship Graveyard

An exhibition of Nathan Harger's photographs are on display at the Hasted Kraeutler Gallery in New York City until January 29, 2011.



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  1. Industrial Web Design | January 13, 2011 at 1:24 am

    Beautiful images, especially that of the crane. When you speak of industrial design, one usually expects rigid lines, but this image shows welcome curves, with a raw and not so perfect quality!

  2. Jack | January 13, 2011 at 1:46 pm

    so much of urban ‘necrology’ is full frame – it’s hard to sort the order from the decay in the images – but this strips it back to graphics. love the white space.

  3. Mark | January 18, 2011 at 4:14 pm

    I really appreciate your photography, and thought that you
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    discovery of another extraordinary talent – and to see some of the
    work of Vivian Maier. Her story is at and more of her photographs
    are at

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