April 15, 2011
Being from the city that never sleeps and arriving in Kansas City Missouri to shoot Gateway packaging plant... St Louis and Kansas City 3 shifts 24 hours a day 7 days a week! These company plants never stops..........Never Stops!
It purpose is to manufacture, print and produce flexible packaging solutions. And they do that they do a lot of that! They are one of the largest companies in the industry.
Working with Jill Maynard who is Gateway Packaging Company’s Marketing Coordinator. Jill got me in, Jill got me access to the pulse of the machines and the machine keepers that control and maintain the MACHINES! She got me ladders a super cool hydrologic lift and an operator that took me up and down the and around the plants. She walk and walk and then just let me.........
What I found was here some of the hardest workers, some of the strongest souls with hardest handshakes I ever felt.
Here it is! The human faces, the human arms the human hands to keep these machines going full throttle. What I captured was these souls connecting with these machines, listening to them feeling them, it was amazing to see it all come together in speeds that make you dizzy!
Each of the men and women that I met gave me there hand, each of them gave me a smile and at the end of the second day gave me another reason to be happy.
(And yes hair nets and glasses were required)
April 11, 2011
I met Jim the Irish architect of flavors from the White Rose Winery one early morning, but for some of us it is just never to early to have a sip or 2 from 11 types of wine, Some say that the Irish breakfast is 3 parts alcohol and one part wheat or rye! Leek and Potato, Irish Onion, soup and Ballynacally chicken ( baked in Guinness and honey) accompanied with Irish Mash and Salad and to top it off is the Leftover Cake, before noon was a little to much but the first glass of the Marechal Foch changed things quickly 11 bottles opened and hundreds of stories flowed.
Ok when you arrive and walk up the long path to the dark house that appears in the distance don’t be alarmed once you get closer you can see the lights are all on.. Sunken back under huge awning / or roof that circles the house are all types of comfortable chairs and benches. The door is open and the welcome sign might greet you or Jim may pop up from winery just say hello from me and ask him to pour you a drink! Or A Proper Pot of Tea...
The endless things that catch my attention to and fro…….. The next is faces arms, hands and the positive vibe of the happy souls, working souls, the factory workers from St Louis The factory workers from Kansas City!