Yesterday I had the opportunity to photograph inside the West Point branch of United States Mint. The West Point Mint is main facility for the production of all gold, silver and platinum bullion and proof coins for the U.S. government. Its a pretty surreal experience to see the huge amount of precious metal coins that they were making that day.
But the most out of this world part of the day was when I was taken into vault where they keep the gold bars that will be turned into coins. I’ve never seen anything like it in real life. Each bar contains approximately $500,000.00 worth of gold at recent prices.
I also have to say that the people who work at West Point are some of the friendliest folks I’ve dealt with, and I can’t thank them enough for giving me a few hours in the place.
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Tagged Bullion, Factory, Gold, Made In America, Made In The USA, Manufacturing, Mint, Money, news, photography, photojournalism, Silver, West Point
This week I got to visit the Bureau of Engraving and Printing here in DC. They were doing a run of the new $100 bills that are due to be released in October. Its always kind of fun being in a room with more money than I will ever hope to possess in my entire lifetime. Sadly there were no souvenirs to be had.
I’ve had a few busy pool days at the White House recently. They included a trip to the National Defense University to talk about some stuff and a day trip to Baltimore to talk about some other stuff.
With all of the recent events involving guns and gun control I decided it was time to photograph inside a gun shop. I’ve tried and failed a few times in the past and I’ve always wanted to make it work. So after a whole bunch of phone calls and a whole lot of getting hung up on, I found a shop in Virginia that agreed to it. I’ve photographed a few gun related over the years and showing up with a bunch of cameras and a press credential tends to be greeted with some apprehension and suspicion. But the folks at the shop I visited were incredibly friendly and a lot of fun. And most importantly, very open to having me photograph there. It was a great experience to have after trying on and off for over the years to make it happen.
Yesterday was my day in the White House Pool rotation and it was there when I first heard about the tragedy that happened at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. When the President came out to make a statement on what happened it was the most visibly shaken I have ever seen him.
Yesterday was a bit of a busy day at the Ol’ White House. First came the holiday decorations preview and with that always comes a craft time photo op with the First Lady. It was followed up later in the day with a visit from some top CEO’s for a meeting with the President. I’ll spare you the super exciting pictures of them walking down the driveway. But Lloyd Blankfein, the CEO Of Goldman Sachs came out after the meeting to do some TV interviews with some nice light going on.
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