Photo Essay



Concrete is a construction material composed of cement as well as other cementitious materials such as fly ash and slag cement, aggregate (generally a coarse aggregate such as gravel, limestone, or granite, plus a fine aggregate such as sand), water, and chemical admixtures.

Concrete solidifies and hardens after mixing with water and placement due to a chemical process known as hydration. The water reacts with the cement, which bonds the other components together, eventually creating a stone-like material.

Concrete is used to make pavements, architectural structures, foundations, motorways/roads, bridges/overpasses, parking structures, brick/block walls, footings for gates...

Concrete is used more than any other man-made material in the world. As of 2006, about 7.5 cubic kilometres of concrete are made each year—more than one cubic metre for every person on Earth.

VOTE: Do you like this story?

Tell a friend about this story!

Tell a friend about this story!

  1. or

Hi there!

thought you might like this story!

—The JPG team

21 responses

  • Jim Hart

    Jim Hart gave props (3 Jun 2009):

    great collection of photos -- of course it should be published in jpg

  • Rey mos

    Rey mos gave props (3 Jun 2009):

    I like the story behind the images. Im wondering if you could also highlight (images) other structures aside from buildings.

  • ina:botao

    ina:botao (Deleted) said (3 Jun 2009):

    A masterly essay... and every photo is a perfectly composed and very inspiring microcosm!

  • patrick conaty

    patrick conaty gave props (3 Jun 2009):

    amazing series, well done

  • Aelica

    Aelica (Deleted) gave props (3 Jun 2009):

    A great collection...well done!

  • Caroline Penris

    Caroline Penris gave props (3 Jun 2009):


  • A F

    A F gave props (3 Jun 2009):

    speechless... voted

  • Michael Risenhoover

    Michael Risenhoover (Deleted) gave props (3 Jun 2009):

    Awesome, you have my vote for sure!

  • Olivier Scher

    Olivier Scher gave props (4 Jun 2009):

    Great pictures !

  • peggy gardner

    peggy gardner gave props (4 Jun 2009):

    thank you for this know I dig your work...and now I have an affection for concrete...

  • Alexis - Now on Flickr

    Alexis - Now on Flickr gave props (4 Jun 2009):

    If JPG does not publish this I will write a letter of protest to Familian

  • Simon Kossoff

    Simon Kossoff (Deleted) gave props (4 Jun 2009):

    Incredible collection!!!

  • patrick john o'doherty

    patrick john o'doherty said (4 Jun 2009):


  • Caroline Penris

    Caroline Penris gave props (6 Jun 2009):

    Still wow!!

  • Michel González Brun

    Michel González Brun gave props (15 Jun 2009):

    Excellent series Thomas!!

  • Penny Nannini

    Penny Nannini   gave props (18 Jun 2009):


  • Jerry Carpenter

    Jerry Carpenter gave props (27 Jun 2009):

    A wonderful set of photographs. I am awed!

  • andré paiva

    andré paiva gave props (7 Jul 2009):

    excellent essay... my vote!!! Quality excellent formal and thematic!!!

  • Adam Rose

    Adam Rose said (5 Aug 2009):

    Man, I am really enjoyin your work.

  • Michel Vaque

    Michel Vaque gave props (14 Oct 2009):

    yes!! my vote !

  • Michele Grazzini

    Michele Grazzini gave props (8 Dec 2009):

    Absolut my vote! Great series, wonderful compositions

Want to leave a comment? Log in or sign up!