I started this project trying to find beauty in areas that typically would be considered void of beauty. Beauty is everywhere, if you look for it. For the challenge, I looked to industrial areas because they are the underbelly of the modern world. Society would like to block out these areas and pretend they do not exist. Even in these hostile environments, there is an element of beauty. I am interested in the irony between their unnatural beauty and the impact they have on the planet. At night, a factory can be a dynamic place exhaling steam, releasing molten steel, or burning flames. With the right conditions, I am able to capture a factory on film and make it feel like it is alive and breathing.
Craig Payne was born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1971. He attended Reed College in Portland, Oregon, where he earned a degree in Physics. He currently resides in Portland, Oregon. Craig Payne photographs the modern landscape in which we are forced to live, exposing images often so common they are overlooked. He pays attention to details of the physical world that many ignore - the way sodium vapor light dances on snow, a homeless man's outdoor bedroom, or the fiery glow of the factory where his grandfather worked with pride. Craig Payne feels he is doing his job as a photographer, when he reminds people to slow down and pay attention to the subtle beauty that surrounds us. Please feel free to visit my website at: www.craigpayne.com