From the early 2021 Covid Portrait series. Shot socially distanced, using a single strobe & black backdrop.
Jan, Care Support Worker.
“I work in an 80 bed dementia home in Norfolk.
We do what we can for our residents to make their life as happy and homely as possible. It’s been so difficult during lockdown, thankfully visiting is allowed again, but during the height of lockdown, no one was allowed in and psychologically it was really tough for everyone, the residents, their families and indeed us, the carers. The residents only had us, so we were their family and it was a privilege to be such a crucial element of their lives during Covid-19.
I constantly worry about the residents, we were tested regularly (and continue to be) and from a personal point of view, I didn’t do anything, came to work, home and back again, we just had to keep everyone safe and well and look after each other.
People don’t really realise how difficult it is to be a carer, especially during a worldwide pandemic, maybe in time things will change”
Last month I worked on a series of images for a promotion on apprenticeships in Norfolk. Popping along to Osiris IT in Norwich, I shot a great series with the owner and some of the team, who have been successful in the apprenticeship programs and can the value in such schemes.
Lisa – Photographed in early 2021 as part of my lockdown portraits – a series of portraiture of people working throughout the Covid19 pandemic in East Suffolk.
Shot using one small strobe in often cramped spaces (think living rooms, corridors, cupboards or offices!) during the second national lockdown in England
Building & maintenance, Orbis Energy, Lowestoft
“I’m a lone worker and love it. In fact, I call this my building.
I’ve been blessed to come into work during lockdown. The tenants are lovely and I guess I’m one of the lucky ones, I’ve been fortunate enough to keep working throughout, helping to keep this fabulous building in the condition it should be.
I sing at night, I pop the headphones on and it’s my little piece of heaven. I love country music, that’s what I was bought up on, but rock and roll is what I mainly listen too. I can be in my own little world and love nothing more than getting on with work while listening to my music”
After a long day in the saddle the previous day (147 miles in 47 degree heat!) eating meat, pitta bread, jam and drinking water from the Nile (there was nowhere else to drink for much of the journey!) I spent the night in Nubia House in the lovely town of Dongola (Arabic: دنقلا, romanized: Dunqulā)
After a few hours sleep, I allowed sometime to visit a couple of local sights. Catching bicycle taxi and then a small ferry, I headed to the Island near Dongola. A real oasis, away from life and a calming place to spend a few hours.
Boarding the ferry I was the novelty – they don’t get many blond haired westerners here!
Wandering around, enjoying being off the bike, I shot a few images and chatted to many of the locals. One young Sudanese chap caught my attention. Abdul Baatin was a local trader and farmer on the Island. Using a mixture of nods, broken English and basic Arabic we made conversation for a while. I shot some portraiture of Abdul, but the image that caught my mind and emphasised the feeling of peace, tranquillity and a beautifully basic life was this capture of Abdul drinking from a clay pot on the banks of the Nile.
“I always wanted to live by the sea” Says Melanie, spoken in her own words in 2019.
“Moving from a larger property to the seaside town of Gorleston turned both the life of Melanie and the town completely upside down.
The whole beach clean was organised via Facebook…. The plan was to organise one beach clean, mainly to bring the community together… within a few short weeks we went off and done our own little thing borrowing kit from the council. The following year we got £50 from the Lions to buy our own equipment and soon the whole community was getting into this.
Our group has achieved so much, the beaches are clean, we’ve helped bring the community together and importantly have created clean pleasant places to enjoy throughout the seasons”
My clients tend to supply me with pretty flexible briefs for photography, which often means it’s likely on most shoots I can shoot ‘off piste’ enabling me to capture a range of creative imagery, meeting the brief, but also supplying creative imagery above and beyond.
One recent shoot for the lovely folks at AgeUK Camden, saw me shooting a range of imagery for upcoming campaigns on Hampstead Heath.
David kindly agreed to pose for a portrait with his two dogs. Just as I was setting the strobe lighting up, one of the dogs jumped up and that moment presented me with a gorgeous natural image. Thankfully my trigger finger was ready to capture this split second moment of fun & joy.