As I see a red sunset on the rig, in this image, Viking 7, the idea of the old sailor’s creed comes to mind. “Red sky by morning, sailors take warning. Red sky by night, sailors delight.” The Vikings out on an ocean adventure would be very aware that a red sky means good fortune and calm seas. In the fierce red sky sunset, the glowing rig seems to welcome the good signs buy preparing to work on through the night. In the oilfield, there are also superstitions that support a good season and opportunity. Then there is the ever-present idea of going out to seek new adventure in the great unknown.
Many of the men that work out in the day to day oilfield have left behind friends and family. Even though they have traveled far from home, there is a kinship between them. A mutual respect for those brave enough to venture out and explore the vast surroundings. There is also a solitude that I image one finds at sea as well. As the desert locations are often far away from civilization, like in this image of a red sunset on the rig. There is a way of life and doing things on the island home of the rig and a rank for seniority for those who have put in the time. Much like the Viking 7, a code very similar to being at sea.