Watt & Shand #1 was the first (obviously) in a series of 10 works I made chronicling the transformation of the former Watt & Shand department store in Lancaster, PA into a hotel and convention center. The facade of the original building was preserved with an elaborate scaffolding and integrated into the new construction. I was fascinated with the whole process and took hundreds of photos that were edited down for inclusion in the works. You can see all ten on my website, and/or track them back as works in progress by clicking on Watt & Shand under Labels in the right sidebar.
The images in #1 are from June 2008, when workers were disassembling the scaffolding. I got very lucky in shooting this image of a welder taking apart a join--I love all the angles in the composition, and the way the camera captured the sparks flying:
This shot below didn't make it into the finished work, but it's worthy of sharing--again, great angles and lots of sparks, all in front of the beautiful Beaux Arts architecture. I got the know the curves and the details of the building very well while doing all the intensive stitching the work required.