So since the economic downturn photography has slowed down for me, and all the other professional photographers I know. Instead of waiting it out (which I tried to do), I decided to change things up and try a completely different line of work. Something that will allow me to travel, climb, and still take photos. Sooo, I have landed a job as a Tower Dog. For those of you who do not know what a Tower Dog is let me explain. A Tower Dog is someone who climbs and works on towers for a living.
I landed a job for Strobe Tech. A company that specializes in high intensity lighting, mainly on smoke stacks and broadcast towers. Most cell towers are between 150' and 500' tall, broadcast towers are between 500' and the tallest in the U.S. which is 2,068' tall. As of now I have climbed to the top of a 120' tall antenna on top of a tower that was nearly 2,000' tall.
Since I started this job I have learned a lot about the tower industry as well as how dangerous it is. As of mid February, 15 Tower Dogs have lost their lives since the start of 2010! Which makes tower climbing the most dangerous job in the U.S. right now. However 98% of tower deaths are contributed to improper use of safety gear, or just not using the safety gear period, and during the new construction of a tower.
So anyways, all this tower climbing has got me thinking, along with the fact that I am a photographer. I feel there is a need for people to see what I get to see on a daily basis. So I am going to start posting pictures weekly as well as updates about where I have been and where I am going next. Currently I am on my way to Minneapolis Minnesota.
I will post some pictures in the coming days of where I was the past three weeks and some of the sights I have taken in.