Jan | Carer in Norfolk

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.

Publication shoot at Carlton Marshes

Back in June, I was fortunate enough to be commissioned shoot a series of images of the Carlton Marshes nature walks for a new national publication.


The brief was fairly tight requiring a series of images, shot in portrait format and without too many people.


An early morning start in baking hot temperatures, proved the perfect time to shoot this series

A portrait of Lisa during Lockdown

Lisa

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.

Cycle Sportive – In The Sun!

With the country opening up again, it’s so lovely to see sporting events back in the diary and taking place around the region.

Last month I shot imagery of the Norwich 100 cycle sportive for the local cancer charity BigC.

The sun gods were certainly shining and it was lovely to see people out, keeping fit, raising money for charity and having a great time around the wonderful Norfolk lanes

#Norwich #cycling #Sportive #BIGC #Charity #Event

Gorleston Beach Clean Organiser

Portrait of Melanie, Summer 2019

Gorleston Beach Clean Organiser


“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”


#portrait #norfolk #gorleston #beachclean #clean #rubbish #litter

Moment of Joy | Hampstead

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.

AGE UK Camden May 2021

The Making of Dr Hills’ Casebook



The Making of Dr Hills’ Casebook.

A Short film I’ve recently made about the inspiring play, featuring interviews with the team behind the play, providing an insight into creating a play during the pandemic.

Free Tickets for screenings this week (24/25th June) are available using the link below.Dr Hills’ Casebook is a co-created play from UpShoot Theatre Company, developed with the Restoration Trust and the Norfolk Record Office.
The play tells the story of how Dr Hills, the Medical Superintendent of Norfolk County Asylum from 1861-1887, cared for his patients during a period of great poverty and negligible health and social care.

Moving between past and present, the filmed performance explores Dr Hills’ therapeutic compassion, revealed through fascinating mental health archives in Norfolk Record Office that the Change Minds’ archives and mental health programme has been researching since 2016.https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/…/dr-hills-casebook-film…



Mohammed | Egypt

Another emotive image from the epic UK to Rwanda cycle adventure – from one of my favourite countries – Egypt. – a picture of Mohammed.

I had spent around 6 hours in the saddle, travelling along the Nile Southwards, ultimately towards Aswan.
It had been a really tough few hours in the saddle. The temperature was already 38 degrees and I had received lots of hassle. As I crossed the Nile, a small moto pulled up alongside, two young lads rode alongside for around a 100 metres, before gently pulling out an enormous knife. I vividly remember staring at it, seeing it shine in the baking heat. I can’t remember what happened next – basically I lost my temper, riding towards them and shouting lots.
It seemed to work, they departed and I didn’t see them again.With the temperature rising and already 6 hours tarmac/dust under the wheels I found some shade, under a small tree outside a factory. Sipping luke warm water I began to drift in and out of sleep.Within a few minutes a pickup arrived with 10 or so men and women in, a large chap came out and offered some shelter in the big warehouse… a few minutes later I was sat on a plastic chair, inside a massive warehouse, air conditioned and shear bliss. I spent around two hours, chatting to the folks working and learning about their village and work. It turns out (at the time) they grew potatoes for the UK & European markets and kept them in the airconditioned warehouse awaiting collection.

Mohammed wasn’t overly keen on having a photo, eventually I wore him down and he duly posed with the potatoes. A remarkable experience, that reinstated my belief in the good of humans after my earlier run in. After a hugely enjoyable rest, where I honestly made a couple of friends, I set off again. With another 40 miles to cover it was on with the adventure.