Monthly Archives: July 2020

Happisburgh Lighthouse

Today, I’m going back to 2016 to the day I got to one of the highest points and one most recognisable buildings in Norfolk.

It’s the one that Challenge’d Anneka to be repainted in its distinctive red and white hoops but in the wrong type of paint. 

I was on assignment for the Newspaper, my job was to cover a Happisburgh Lighthouse Open Day which would normally happen every month or so during the summer. 

The lighthouse is the only privately funded fully operational lighthouse in the UK. 

As a means to maintain and run the operation, the public are allowed to visit and climb the every decreasing steps to the top, to view the lantern and look out across the North Sea. 
Working for newspapers you have to get a lot done in a short amount of time, the usual pictures from people looking at stuff, people doing stuff, people with other people stuff and normally always happy stuff. 

After all that is done, I always try to get something else, on this occasion I thought a view from above the lantern and people would be nice. 

Having sought special permission I was allowed to climb a ladder to get even higher, holding on tight and a bit of contortion I got the image below. 

The Gym Norwich

Tear-sheet from the Norwich Extra of the Gym, Norwich which was shot for Archant Norfolk.

Today’s post is a super quick one from commission to publication, something as a professional photographer I have spent many years doing day in and day out.

I was asked by Archant in Norfolk to pop to The Gym in the centre of Norwich which had recently undergone a £500,000 refit and they wanted to publicise their new look. 

I was asked on the Monday to see if i was free to take pictures on the Tuesday but they needed the pictures on Wednesday for publication on Thursday.

I had about an hour or so on site, to get in, a quick tour of the facilities and work out where the best places for pictures.  I knew what I wanted and it was a case of going to the places I had marked out as getting across the new look and vast array of equipment they have.

Where there were members of the public in the shots using the facilities I let the staff ask if they were ok with being in the pictures, with everyone all saying yes. To finish off the shoot I want to get the friendly staff together before I had to dash to get the pictures out to the client for publication.

So if your business needs photography but doesn’t have much time from idea to getting the end result out in super short time, give me a call. 

Thorpe St Andrew Funeralcare

Back to 2017 today with this job from Norwich.

This job was a really nice brief from a client who wanted a set of portraits and site pictures which were used to promote the Funeral Care Homes in Norwich and Saffron Walden. 

For the site shots, internal and external shots were needed of each Funeral Care Home which didn’t take long. 

As for the portraits they took a little longer as a range of formal and informal shots were required, they asked for warm and inviting pictures of the staff but also show the serious side of the business. 

The resulting images were used for a leaflet drop which were delivered by Royal Mail, an invitation which was created celebrating the first year since Co-Op Funeralcare opened the funeral home and the invitation being re-sized as an A-board poster.

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Kerrison School

Today’s post is about retirement and closure, back in 2011 I was in Thorndon, Suffolk to meet woodwork teacher Brian Atkinson who had worked at the Kerrison School for 46 years the reason for his retirement was that the school was being closed by the local authority since it first opened after 150 years. 

As soon as I stepped into the workshop, it was like being back at school myself, taking me right back to the day when I use to woodwork at school. It looked and smelt the same, the same wooden benches, bits of wood leant against the back wall, sawdust on the floor and the slight smell of burnt wood from a sanding disc. 

For the pictures I did the usual ones of tight portraits of him upright and landscape, but gradually moving outwards to get more of him in the environment. Till I got to the one below, which shows Brian in situ of the workshop and the one which I like the most. 

The school was originally set up in 1856 by Sir Edward Kerrison as a Reformatory school as a way for young offenders as an alternative to prison. The school and grounds have now been turned into homes. 

https://thorndon.suffolk.cloud/history-of-thorndon-suffolk/kerrison-reformatory-school/

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National Gliding Championships

Today’s post is from way back in 2008 when I got to spend a short amount time at an old WWII Airbase. 

I was there to photograph the National Open Gliding competition which was being held at Tibenham Airfield, Norfolk. 

I only had about half an hour there so didn’t have the time to get much more than a few pictures, so I decided to concentrate on one person. 

I found the pilot John Williams who had traveled all the way down from the Scottish Gliding Centre with his Antares Electric Glider.

I shot a few different images of him, some inside and some outside, but this is the one I like the most of him planning his flight plan before take-off. Using a wide angle lens with some flash the to side to up the contrast and combat the overhead sun. Resulting in a nice simple portrait with minimum fuss. 

National Open Gliding Championships 2008 at Tibenham Airfield Norfolk, England.