Raleigh Iron Works

Nick Mclamb is an Architectural and Industrial photographer, the photography here showcases the conjoining of rustic aesthetics with contemporary architecture

Raleigh Iron Works is an inspiring space to photograph, full of potential growth while grounded in history. My goal as a photographer is to capture the essence of this exciting re-use project, celebrating the historical roots of the city while embracing its contemporary resurgence. The two main architectural structures, the Bow Truss and Double Gable, are designed by LS3P, the executive architect, in collaboration with S9Architecture.

Storefront and Exterior

The utilitarian charm of warehouse architecture lends itself beautifully to this new mixed-use space, while vibrant colors and extensive landscaping highlight its potential as a lively community hub. The energetic warm colors of the community spaces juxtaposed against the monochromatic metals of the warehouse creates a feeling of intentionality in this mixed-use space. Like selective color isolation in photographs, the new community spaces are accentuated and brought to the foreground through these color choices, while the grayscale warehouses provide a historical and functional foundation in which the community can thrive.

This image encapsulates three layers of the mixed-use space, nature and community in the foreground, industry in the middle, and the Forge Apartments living in the background. It was photographed at a long focal length, not the most common choice for an architectural photographer but often my favorite choice for accent photos.

Recreation and Courtyard

Originally intended for steel fabrication, and later munitions during World War I, the steel bones of this architecture back to the 1800s. Most visible in the courtyard, the patinated steel stands as a centerpiece amongst plant beds, anchoring the vibrancy of this brand-new mixed-use space while symbolizing the intersection of time, innovation, and progress.

This is probably my favorite shot of the courtyard because of the large garden plot. The blend of the greenery rising and exploding into the rustic beams and catwalk architecture, to me, symbolizes new growth within old origins. Shot with a tilt shift lens, as most architectural photographers will use for any project. I angled it upwards to capture more of the undercarriages.

Aerial Video

In the aerial video (minus the slide shot) I wanted to present a lively and fast paced mood to convey a sense of bustle. Though the area is well suited for chilling out, there’s so much to do for all ages that the general vibe is one of excitement. 

Aerial 3D Scan

This aerial 3D scan, accomplished with a Mavic 3 Pro drone, was tough to get right. Due to the sheer size of the space, it took a wide flyover but I also needed to get in close to capture the slide area. Unfortunately also due to the time of day, the roof of the double gable was reflecting into the lens which is hard to process as a solid object. That said, it looks decent (all things considered)! Just don’t zoom in too close.