With the explosive amount of growth and resultant traffic from all the development along the Umhlanga Ridge north of Durban it was inevitable that the M41 freeway and bridges would need upgrading to match this at some point. The M41 is a vital link joining the national N2 freeway with the coastal M4 main road, the two major arteries carrying traffic in and out of the city from the north, as well as serving all the businesses and Gateway shopping centre along The Ridge.
Tasked with photographing this for the infrastructure design engineers at GOBA I revisited the site four times over the spate of a week or two trying to find an eye-catching way to make the bridge look sexy exploring different angles, playing with lead-in lines and watching the light to see how the structure changed itself in different conditions.
I ultimately decided shooting it in moody black-and-white during a recent storm and into the dark of night was the best way to simplify the capture and make the composition all about line and structure.
It was a challenging but exciting project to photograph. I quite liked the ‘lines’ and abstract nature of the bottom capture but the second image down was preferred by the client and now hangs in one of their meeting rooms printed and mounted on a large 600 x 900mm acrylic.