Within presentations and reports for work, I try to make the boring text and numbers a little more interesting. In the main, I use photos of terminals, tank farms and refineries from a distance; but I also like using shots from a nearby town. Last year I used an image of Sur in Oman when discussing the LNG terminal located there. It gave the people who don’t leave the office a feeling for where our equipment ends up around the world.
Unfortunately, the oil industry is not very photographer-friendly. Almost all my meetings are in no-photography zones. Sometimes the reason is genuine: avoiding the use of electronics in areas with gas and chemicals; most times however it’s due to this horrible word: Security! I don’t understand it… Aren’t all the sites are visible on Google Earth anyway?
I took this shot yesterday after a meeting in Jebel Ali (Dubai). There were no signs prohibiting photography and I was outside the main wall. It’s not fantastic, but I do like how it came out. It will feature in my visit report for the UAE later this week.