Carol Baker – Owner of Lockgate Mill – Norfolk

Carol Baker – Owner of Lockgate Mill – Norfolk

Fine Artist and designer.

“I own the Mill as my Father left it in his Will for me. He bought it around the early 80’s and would often come here, mooring up and sit and enjoy the serenity of the place.
In fact, that is what draws me to this area, it is so tranquil, It is quite a special place.
Father would come in on his boat, moor up in the early morning and leave at twilight. He had plans to do something special with the Mill, sadly, that never worked out.
When I acquired the Mill, I worked closely with the Broads Authority and some repairs were made, to sustain the condition, however I am hopeful planned works will begin later this year and then eventually, perhaps it can become the sketching mill I envisage.
As a designer and fine artist, I really appreciate this mill and its standing in this incredibly special place and I am keen to share my experiences with other artists.
Twilight and early morning are particularly atmospheric here. I am creating an artist hub, a sketch mill, somewhere where artists and the students I teach are able to attend and appreciate.
Outside sketching is very important to me, being able to have the essence of a memory of how you felt at a particular time is a special moment.
I Hope to make it a place where artists are able to come freely and just sketch and enjoy the incredible wildlife.
My father lived in Norfolk and we reconnected in the later part of my life, I would come up from London, visiting both my father and the mill. It was a chance to reconnect with nature, but also escape the hectic life.
These days I mainly use oils for my paintings, to be out in the open, sketching is a truly wonderful feeling”

Salima & Musimlwia at their Norwich home

Last year I met Salima & Musimlwia at their Norwich home, enjoying a wonderful chat, with some great coffee and a moving story.

I was fortunate enough to hear their story and photograph them, as part of the #portrait project with Water, Mills and Marshes: the Broads Landscape Partnership

Spoken in their own words.

“All we need in DRC is Peace”

“We have been in the UK for 10 years, a long time, but our English is still a little broken.
My Family is from DRC Congo. With the politics they do some bad things, some terrible things. They are not in reality”
“We come from Bukavu, near Kivu Lake, between Rwanda and Congo. We have many lakes and forests. We came to the UK to escape the War with Rwanda and Uganda. I will never return. I still have Family in Congo, in Africa we have big families, not like the UK.
I miss the Congo, but we need the peace of England. I don’t need anything, I just need health and peace. In the Congo our people have everything we need, just like here, but they just need protection, without this we cannot do anything. There is danger that this protection will never come because of the minerals.
Living in Norwich compared to other Cities I have lived, like Sheffield, it is very clear, I can breathe good air, it is safe. English people are different to African people. People have to know you to talk to you. It is very difficult to learn the English language as people do not contact you. I have 4 children, all children were born in England, it was only my wife and I that came over from Congo” #norwich #positivestories #immigration #norfolk #portraiture #family #congo #africa #war #escape

Norfolk Libraries | Pre Covid19 Shoot

Another pre Covid19 shoot! Timed just before the outbreak. I was given the brief to travel around the county of Norfolk From Kings Lynn to Great Yarmouth, documenting some of the marvellous facilities and activities at Norfolk Libraries.
Meeting everyone from bouncing babies, expectant mothers, passionate musicians to knitting groups.

Here are a few images from the first shoot.

#norfolk #kingslynn #libraries #library #community #people

Burgh Castle Almanac Promo

I’ve had the pleasure of working with the Burgh Castle Almanac project recently and have put together this short film of their experiences, featuring some of my footage and supplied footage from the beginning of the project.

A litle about the BCA

Burgh Castle Almanac is a mental wellbeing project that uses the historic landscape of Burgh Castle Roman Fort for inspiration, learning and companionship. It is funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and run by the Restoration Trust in partnership with Norfolk Archaeological Trust, Access Community Trust, the Broads Authority and Norfolk Museums Service and the Broads Authority as part of their major project, Water Mills and Marshes. This film is made by members of the project with Julian Claxton, and is funded by the Community Fund.
www.burghcastlealmanac.org

Shooting for a Superb Local Charity

I’m always incredibly proud when my work appears in print, on websites and on advertising collateral.
No matter if it’s a small company or large corporate, the fact that they trust you to supply wonderful imagery and uphold their high standards is testament to the hard work I put into each and every shoot.

I’ve been working with the BigC Cancer Charity in Norfolk for a few years, often seeing my work on the side of buses, in print or on big advertising pitches throughout the region.
Last week the charity launched their Online Support Centre website – using a lot of my imagery.
The website has been a key development in the charity and is a great online platform/information portal.
https://support.big-c.co.uk/

if you only support one charity, consider a local one!

Last Day of Portrait. at Skippings Gallery | Great Yarmouth

Today is the final day of Portrait. being shown at the lovely Skippings Gallery – open until 4pm this afternoon.
Although I’ve only been at the gallery on a couple of days, I have heard it’s been really well received with some good numbers coming through the door – so thank you!
It’s always a pleasure to show ones work to new audiences.
Portrait. is continuing over the next two/three years and I’m on the look out for further people willing to model for the project, which will ultimately end in a published book of the work.
theportraits.co.uk
Broads Authority #norfolk #suffolk #greatyarmouth #exhibition #whatson #norwich #englishplus #Watermillsandmarshes #timeandtide

Behind the Scenes in Norwich

It’s always a pleasure to ‘get behind the scenes’ with access to the amazing work that is undertaken in the fine city of Norwich by the folks in the cancer labs for Norfolk Charity BigC. I spent a couple of mornings photographing professors, the laboratories and some of the interns who are choosing this highly complex level of research as their specialty.  An insight into the excellent work that is undertaken on our doorstep.

Norfolk Cycling Team @ UK National Cycling Champs

Yesterday I was out at the feed zone two in Holkham Estate, helping out some good friends at DAP cycling, who were racing in the UK National Champs.
Swapping the camera for several musettes!

Knowing the roads well, I did manage to get ahead of the race on a couple of occasions and shoot some images (packed the 70-200 in the car just in case)

Joining the local DAP riders were a host of household names, including Mark Cavendish MBE, Ian Stannard and eventual winner Ben Swift.
in 25-degree heat, over 180 of the UKs best cycling talent took to the winding country lanes and wind-stricken roads of Norfolk for a true test of grit and endurance over the 125 mile route.
Reigning champion, Connor Swift (Team Arkea-Samsic), was back to defend his title, but he faced competition from 2016 champion Adam Blythe (Lotto Soudal), 2013 winner and former world champion Mark Cavendish (Team Dimension Data) plus 2012 national champion Ian Stannard.

From the start, some of the large UCI teams began driving the pace, gradually thinning out the field, with attacks happening on a regular basis.
The journey from the coast, back through Wroxham and towards home was a telling point, with attack after attack, eventually seeing Ben Swift roll through the tight city centre corners to win the British road race title in some style.
Two of the DAP riders finished in extremely good company, with Andrew Taylor coming in 54th and Harley Matthews a credible 83rd.

#DAPCC #Cycling #Norfolk #NCC #Britishcycling #nationalchamps