Monday, 29 March 2010

Final Photos

These are the details of the last photographs I will take for this project:
  1. I will be photographing the gamekeeper on 3 April.
  2. I will be photographing Bolton Hospital staff on 8 April.
  3. 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.
Which leaves me to get on with writing my essay and finishing off the book design.

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.

The Doula

Photographed a doula this week, a job I had never heard of before (all is revealed on the website).  I bounced the flash off the ceiling instead of using the umbrellas which seemed to work well.  I think, Beatrix, her daughter, adds a great deal to the picture.

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Tuesday, 23 March 2010

The Highways Agency Traffic Officer

I think this picture is too similar to the RAC Patroller and may not be used in the book because of this reason.  I don’t think I will photograph any more workers with vehicles because the images will all look the same.


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The Highways Agency Regional Control Centre Operator

I went to Newton-le-Willows last night to visit the Highways Agency North West Regional Control Centre.  Whilst I was there, I photographed two nightworkers.  I didn’t have a great deal of time to take each photograph, so only took a few shots, but I am very happy with the one, below.  The control centre was an amazing place and I learned a great deal about them from my visit.  The office, below, looks darker than it really was, as I was lighting the model, but I think it adds to the overall atmosphere of night-time.  I was glad to have shot an office environment as this is what my project was lacking and I am finding it hard to find a call centre willing to participate.

Friday, 19 March 2010

So far …

The nightworkers, sit well together.   This is the order they appear on the website at the moment, but this can change by the day.  The book images will appear in the same order as the website and vice versa.  The aim was to order the pictures so they get progressively lighter as the book goes along. Or maybe I should do it the other way around …
I have other nightworkers lined up for next week:
  1. Highways agency – Monday 22 March – 9.30pm.
  2. Birth partner – Wednesday 24 March – 7.30pm
To arrange:
  1. I am meeting with Bolton Hospital on Friday 26 March at 11.30am and hopefully I will have some dates arranged.
  2. I was supposed to photograph a funeral director today, but I couldn’t get hold of him – I’ll ring him again next week.
  3. I will ring back the bus company to see if I can photograph the bus driver.
  4. A prison has agreed for me to photograph someone, but only if I can do it outside, which is fine.
I would like to photograph airport workers, as well as those who work on the trains, and I have put the feelers out for that. A paramedic/ambulance driver would an important addition, as they are the only emergency service that isn’t represented.
There are a few people I still  need to contact, but I also have to think about time.  I need to take another look at the book design and sort that out, as well as writing the extended essay.  There will come a point very shortly when I have to STOP, although I could keep going forever…

The Night Cleaner/Operative

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.

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The Hotel Night Receptionist

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:

  1. It was shot outside and as she works indoors, it doesn’t look right.
  2. 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.




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The PCT Driver

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.


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Sunday, 14 March 2010

Road Maintenance Workers

I went on St Peter’s Way in Bolton last night and photographed three roadworkers.  They had shut the road off all night while the maintenance was being done.
The Gully Cleaner
The Potholer
Basically, a Potholer is someone who fills in the potholes in the road.  I imagine Potholers all around the country are going to be pretty busy for a while after the bad winter we had.
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Saturday, 13 March 2010

The Coastguard Officer

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:


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Wednesday, 10 March 2010


I've had a few replies from people, so this is how it stands so far:

  1. Security Guard - DONE
  2. Firefighter - DONE
  3. Police Officer - DONE
  4. Taxi Driver - DONE
  5. Petrol Station Worker - DONE
  6. Marie Curie Nurse - DONE
  7. Casino Worker - DONE
  8. Mountain Rescue - DONE
  9. Street Angel - DONE
  10. Salvation Army Porter - DONE
  11. Foundryman - DONE
  12. Printer - DONE
  13. Student Nurse - DONE
  14. McDonalds - DONE
  15. Warburtons - DONE
  16. Supermarket - DONE
  17. Winter Watch - DONE
  18. RAC Patroller - DONE
  19. Gritters - tonight (hopefully)
  20. Coastguard, Crosby - Fri 12 March - 8pm
  21. Council road repairs and cleansing - Sat 13 March - 10.30pm
  22. St John's Ambulance - Tue16 March - 7.30 pm
  23. Trafford Centre Cleaners - Wed 17 March - 10pm
  24. Funeral Directors - Fri 19 March.
  25. Highways Agency - Mon 22 March - 9.30pm
  26. Royal Bolton Hospital - meeting on Friday 26 Mar - 11.30am
  27. Hotel Workers - TO REDO
  28. Bailiff - TO RING
  29. Gamekeeper - TO RING

      Tuesday, 9 March 2010

      1. Emailed Bolton Hospital today with the view to photographing hospital workers inside.
      2. Emailed a Real Radio DJ, based in Manchester.
      3. Telephoned Careline, who were very busy and I will ring them at the beginning of April.
      4. Left a message with the Holiday Inn, Bolton.
      5. 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.
      6. Emailed Wincantons in Trafford Park about the possibility of photographing a lorry driver.
      7. Contacted Unite in the hope they may be able to help.
      8. Telephoned a funeral director in Radcliffe, who are happy to participate.

      Monday, 8 March 2010

      I spoke with the Environmental Department of Bolton Council and will be photographing someone who is working on St Peter's Way on Saturday night.  I may also get the chance to photograph one of the gritters. Unfortunately, the weather is getting better, so there may not be any gritters available.

      Saturday, 6 March 2010

      Pictures of the Night

      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.


      RAC Patroller

      Photographed an RAC Patroller at Bolton West services tonight.  At first, I had a little trouble with my lighting (one of the flashes didn’t fire), which can be a bit disconcerting, but after re-arranging them, I got them to work.


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      Soup Kitchen Cook

      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.