The one where Robin visits a factory…

Who would have thought that a pipe factory could be so interesting?

A couple of weeks ago I went to visit Anri-Louise’s dad at his factory where they manufacture pipes of all shapes and sizes. I loved the photo opportunities and was amazed at how beautiful pipes could be! It’s after shoots like these that I dream of having a job as a features photo journalist …

The factory through some filthy windows

End Plates

Howitzer Barrel? No, really large pipe

Pipe production

Ready to be shipped

Just pipes, stacked in the yard

I see light at the end of the (pipe)

Rolling and tying

Part of the production line

Loyal employee

Plastic shavings in a shortened pipe

I love this angle...

Pipeflo - a factory where the employees seem genuinely happy...

Pipeflo’s  factory is in an industrial area in Pretoria, South Africa …

67 thoughts on “The one where Robin visits a factory…

  1. “storage” ready to be shipped is beautiful… reminds of that old Alfred Hitchcock movie “Vertigo” …very dramatic feel to it.
    Beautiful pics Robster

  2. Hehe, will tell my dad his factory has blog status. You should put a link to his website and claim commission! That a pipeline can make for photos completely beats me.

  3. Great pictures looking at otherwise forgotten details. I love the plastic shavings and the ready to be shipped-reminds me of looking through an eye hole.

  4. These photos are really amazing. Something I wouldn’t normally look twice at seems so interesting now.
    Great angles and I love the close up of the local employee.
    Thanks for sharing!

  5. This is great. Industry is often overlooked when it comes to art. Your pictures capture more than pipe, they capture what our country is all about. Too much? I don’t think so…

  6. Well, it looks like a true photographer/photo journalist can make anything interesting…even pipe factories! ;)

    Very nice photos and congrats on being Freshly Pressed!

  7. Yes, it has to be out-of-country (overseas from US) -> No OSHA safety gear on the workers: No hardhats, no gloves being used – much less the expensive cut-proof gloves we are required to use here in the “States”, no hearing protection, no coveralls or aprons. No Z-87 OSHA-rated safety glasses with high-impact sideshields.

    There’s reasons it costs too much to build things (anything!) in the US any more. I hope the guys remain safe despite the hazards. 8<)

    Few minor items you may wish to address: The "plastic shavings" are steel shaving inside a steel pipe. The coiled pipe is the plastic pipe, as the the "light in the end of the tunnel" stacked pipes. (Can you see how the trimmed remnants are subtly different between the twisted steel bits and the flaky, slightly torn-looking "fuzzy" remnants of the plastic pipe?) Usually, we call the "end plates" in the first picture "flanges"

    Thanks for your time. Robert

    PS. Yes – I'm picky. Been fabricating and building with pipe commercially since the mid-70's. Proud of what the workers up here have done, hope the guys down there will be alright working.

    • Re the shavings – actually it is a plastic pipe and those are plastic shavings (I guess that’s what happens when pipes are cut with chainsaws)… It just looks metallic because of the white-balance. They don’t manufacture any steel pipes…

  8. I agree, who would have thought a pipe factory would be so interesting, but interesting it is. Thanks so much for pictures of something we are unlikely to see any other way. Cheers.

  9. I also found these points of views in the pipe factories that I worked at, equally enjoyable and interesting. I worked in factories that made pipe from steel. We had problems with these points of views and we had equally interesting solutions to many problems through these points of views. For some of us, this was way to work, for some others this was way of life.

    But seeing the post, the way the author has seen, showed that factory is also where “art” belongs as much as form of art too , not only as practice of engineering or technology or management alone.

  10. Health and Safety hard a work protecting workers, one guy is actually smoking. I witnessed a guy welding the other day using just his hands to shield his eyes. Interesting topic with great photos. Congrats on being Freshly Pressed.

  11. Loyal employee is breathtaking.
    So is Plastic Shavings in Pipe.

    My hobby is photography, hoping to make some sort of earning job from it.

    I must ask, what kind of camera do you use sir?

  12. Great photos. You’ve really done a great job capturing the right perspective for each shot.

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