Tom Nagy Gets a Bird's-Eye View of International Forces
Part of the magic of modern convenience is that few of us scarcely have to consider how all these amazing things arrive at our homes. We go to the grocery store and pick up fruit and vegetables grown on the other side of the world. We dress in clothes made in lands where they speak languages we’ll never understand. And our gas tanks are filled with fuel that has to be shipped all the way to our shores. Each one of these is a huge international undertaking and Tom Nagy recently got a peek into how it all happens. He was recently invited by Exxon Mobile to photograph their tankers as they sailed around Singapore and photograph these floating giants in their nearly natural habitats.
From up high, the ships take on a global context. We see them as a part of a bay, weaving through tiny archipelagos under a massive sky painted by swirling clouds. The waters churn in their wake, and tiny building dot the horizon, a remembrance of the people who are served by this system. But out on the ocean, above the tankers, there’s a silence and a reckoning from this quiet power that cuts through the landscape.
Producing a shoot like this is awe-inspiring. These ships handle millions of barrels and weigh untold tons. They’re not human models that can be posed at a moment’s notice. But Exxon knew they had to support Tom to get the pictures that they wanted, so they made all their resources available to create the right look. “We’ve been flying over three days to get the shots we wanted to achieve. We’ve had a port navigator at our basecamp all day who scheduled the specific wanted ships and ideal flight times for us,” explains Tom. “That was quite an amazing operation...”