- I will be photographing the gamekeeper on 3 April.
- I will be photographing Bolton Hospital staff on 8 April.
- Forest Bank prison has emailed me today and they have a willing volunteer to be photographed, so I am awaiting a day and time to shoot, hopefully, I can do it this week.
Monday, 29 March 2010
Saturday, 27 March 2010
I have contacted the Gamekeeper in Derbyshire, who is interested in participating and had a meeting at Royal Bolton Hospital yesterday and I will photograph some of the hospital staff on Thursday 8 April. I should be able to get 3 or 4 people there.
I also received a reply from Network Rail about the possibility of me photographing the railway staff at Piccadilly in Manchester, but I have to pay them a fee of £400, which I cannot afford, so I will have to shelve the idea.
My tutor decided that I photograph the Gamekeeper and hospital staff and leave it at that. I need to concentrate on my essay and book design. I still have an outstanding query from Forest Bank prison, so if they find someone for me to photograph, I will, of course, do it, but if they don’t, I won’t pursue it any further.
Tuesday, 23 March 2010
Friday, 19 March 2010
- Highways agency – Monday 22 March – 9.30pm.
- Birth partner – Wednesday 24 March – 7.30pm
- I am meeting with Bolton Hospital on Friday 26 March at 11.30am and hopefully I will have some dates arranged.
- I was supposed to photograph a funeral director today, but I couldn’t get hold of him – I’ll ring him again next week.
- I will ring back the bus company to see if I can photograph the bus driver.
- A prison has agreed for me to photograph someone, but only if I can do it outside, which is fine.
Visited the Trafford Centre on Wednesday night to photograph one of the night cleaner/operatives there.
Sometimes when you look at your pictures, one stands out and this is it. I love the background of the Trafford Centre and the red of the model’s top stands out beautifully against it. Before I looked at the pictures, I was worried that I hadn’t done a good enough job because I was very tired, but I am very pleased with this one. He is holding a cloth in his hand, which gives a little away of what he does. This was not requested by me – I don’t like directing the models too much in case something is lost – and I think it works very well.
I also photographed a hotel night receptionist at the Premier Inn in Bolton on Tuesday night. I have decided that the Holiday Inn Manager picture was not suitable as:
- It was shot outside and as she works indoors, it doesn’t look right.
- I don’t like it – I think it’s the weakest image of them all.
The reception area was very small, so I got as much background in as I could manage. I could have gone somewhere more grand, like the Midland Hotel in Manchester, but I feel that I shouldn’t just take photographs just because the background is exciting. The background is secondary, it’s the person in front of me that is the most important part of the picture. Why give the impression that only the most visually-interesting locations matter? The places exist, the people exist, they are all worthy of being photographed.
I think the image, below, is the strongest of the three here – he has a stronger stance and looks more confident. I also like Lenny Henry in the background which breaks the picture up and adds a surreal flavour. I’m not keen on the refection of one of my flashes on the Lenny Henry poster/banister, but I don’t think it’s too distracting.
Have been busy again this week. On Tuesday, I photographed a PCT driver from St John’s Ambulance who drives the out of hours doctors around to their appointments.
The picture, above, used the strongest (primary) flash from the left, but I experimented a little.
The picture, above, used the strongest (primary) flash from the left, which lights the ambulance more, but leaves a shadow on his face, but I think this makes it more interesting.
Originally, I thought the image, below, was the strongest, but now I think it’s the top one.
The vehicle with the lights flashing doesn’t work for this image. I prefer the lights off. Here the strongest flash was coming from the right, which lights the face up more, but to the detriment of the vehicle.
Sunday, 14 March 2010
Saturday, 13 March 2010
Visited the Coastguard in Crosby last night. I’ve chosen quite a few ‘possibles’ in the images I shot:
I shot most of them very wide as I wanted to crop off the ceiling. This one achieves this, but I don’t like the pose.
I really like these three images, but I had a problem with the light flare on the map behind the Coastguard and this is the only reason I feel they are unsuitable to use. This problem was easily resolved by asking the Coastguard Officer to stand in front of the flare.
These two images are the ones I have chosen out of all of them. I’m finding it difficult to choose between the two:
Wednesday, 10 March 2010
- Security Guard - DONE
- Firefighter - DONE
- Police Officer - DONE
- Taxi Driver - DONE
- Petrol Station Worker - DONE
- Marie Curie Nurse - DONE
- Casino Worker - DONE
- Mountain Rescue - DONE
- Street Angel - DONE
- Salvation Army Porter - DONE
- Foundryman - DONE
- Printer - DONE
- Student Nurse - DONE
- McDonalds - DONE
- Warburtons - DONE
- Supermarket - DONE
- Winter Watch - DONE
- RAC Patroller - DONE
- Gritters - tonight (hopefully)
- Coastguard, Crosby - Fri 12 March - 8pm
- Council road repairs and cleansing - Sat 13 March - 10.30pm
- St John's Ambulance - Tue16 March - 7.30 pm
- Trafford Centre Cleaners - Wed 17 March - 10pm
- Funeral Directors - Fri 19 March.
- Highways Agency - Mon 22 March - 9.30pm
- Royal Bolton Hospital - meeting on Friday 26 Mar - 11.30am
- Hotel Workers - TO REDO
- Bailiff - TO RING
- Gamekeeper - TO RING
- Bus Driver - WAITING FOR CONFIRMATION
Tuesday, 9 March 2010
- Emailed Bolton Hospital today with the view to photographing hospital workers inside.
- Emailed a Real Radio DJ, based in Manchester.
- Telephoned Careline, who were very busy and I will ring them at the beginning of April.
- Left a message with the Holiday Inn, Bolton.
- The Trafford Centre said they'd love to participate - fantastic! - they'll get back to me when they've found me a person to photograph.
- Emailed Wincantons in Trafford Park about the possibility of photographing a lorry driver.
- Contacted Unite in the hope they may be able to help.
- Telephoned a funeral director in Radcliffe, who are happy to participate.
Monday, 8 March 2010
Saturday, 6 March 2010
I got to Bolton West services a bit early, so I photographed the scenery. My tutor had suggested I photograph ‘pictures of the night’, as a supplement to the main pictures, so I gave it a go.
The picture, below, is the restaurant.
And some light trails from cars.
Went to a soup kitchen last night to photograph one of the people who work there. I had very little time to take the photograph which is why there is so few shots on the contact sheet. However, I’m pleased with the result. There was only one place for me to take the photograph and one of my flashes didn’t go off, but it seemed to work.