Students Capture Marathon Oil’s Brae Bravo Platform

Four photography students from Robert Gordon University spent six months on the North Sea installation.
January 09, 2019

marathan-oil-photo-1.jpgABERDEEN, Scotland – Life on Marathon Oil’s Brae Bravo platform has been captured for posterity by a team of talented photography students to mark the end of production on the installation. Four photography students from Robert Gordon University’s (RGU) Gray’s School of Art spent six months last year taking pictures of the North Sea installation and its workforce for the Traces exhibition.

BA Hons Communication Design students Lauren Smith, Heather Allen and Sean Steen worked with BA Commercial Photography student Lewis Gault to capture offshore workers. The project, which began in February 2018, was commissioned by Marathon Oil to mark the end of production on Brae Bravo after 30 years of operations.

The students took thousands of photographs during the project and whittled their selection down to 34 images to complete the exhibition, which was displayed at the Marathon Oil offices in Aberdeen over the summer. The company ran a similar exhibition on the Brae Bravo platform before making the images available to purchase through a silent auction, with all proceeds being given to charity.

“We’d like to thank the students for their hard work on this project. Their dedication to photograph Brae Bravo and its workforce has been second to none and the final exhibition photos they have chosen are fantastic,” said Philip Cremin, operations manager at Marathon Oil. “Brae Bravo has been an integral part of our North Sea operations, and we are delighted that the Traces exhibition showcases the platform and the great work that is done offshore to provide safe, clean and responsible operations.”

marathan-oil-photo-2.jpgSince 1988, the Brae field has produced 47 million barrels of oil, welcomed more than 15,000 offshore workers, and received 10,000 flights as well as a quarter of a million ton of freight.

“Through their photography, the students have really captured the essence of Brae Bravo and what it has meant to the people who have worked on the platform for the last 30 years,” said Chris Wicks, decommissioning compliance manager for Marathon Oil. “The exhibition provides us with the story behind the structure of the platform and highlights the personalities who have worked on the installation.”