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Category: Construction, Industrial, Portraits

Welcome To Bob’s World

Here’s something a little different from one of my long term projects. The old Nat West Tower is being demolished and I was tasked with taking a portrait of the crane operator some 350 feet up in the air for PR purposes in the regional news as well as national construction press. Taking only minimal gear due to the limited space afforded by the 22 ladders to the top, this was portrait photography on a different level! (Thank you very much I’m here all week!). For those who are interested I took the Profoto B2 pack with one light and the octagonal OCF soft box due to their size and weight advantages. It proved really useful having the additional power over a speed light due to the weather conditions and the dark clouds that gathered as we climbed the tower. Matt from Headline PR acted as a moveable light stand as well as conducting the interview with Bob. It certainly made for a memorable shoot with a 350 foot drop inches away while the wind blew hard and the rain periodically lashed down.

Here’s the abbreviated article and some of the images from the shoot.

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By | on 11th April 2016 | Construction, Industrial, Portraits

TNT Magazine

Back in August last year, our friends at TNT UK called looking for a series of images of their new Swindon depot and the people who were in training to work there. It was a challenging shoot due to the contrast of the beautiful sunny day (not many of them last year) and relative dark of the warehouse facility. I knew before turning up that the trainees would all be knuckling down to learning their new roles and therefore the shoot would be very fluid so I’d planned my approach accordingly, going with the new Profoto B1 lighting system for its on camera control and lack of trip hazard wires, very important in a dynamic work area. The shoot was great fun, the lighting gear worked seamlessly and the trainees were fabulous and all helped out as much as they could.

 

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By | on 22nd February 2016 | Industrial, Lifestyle, Work

Stannah’s People At Birmingham New Street

Stannah (well known for their stair lift!) recently commissioned me to photograph a series of images of their workforce installing lifts and escalators during the rebuilding of Birmingham New Street Station. Stannah wanted to convey the professionalism and expertise of their team in the dramatic setting of the new atrium, but also wanted to make sure the images looked real rather than too set up. I didn’t want to use models and set up scenarios as it is very difficult to achieve the same level of authenticity as doing it for real when such technical expertise is on show.

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The construction site at Birmingham New Street Station has many issues to contend with, most importantly health and safety above anything else., therefore the images not only needed to look the part but also be taken in safety and to portray safety. Other issues included access, consideration for the many other contractors on the site (the shoot was scheduled for 5 weeks prior to the entire project being completed). Also as I wanted to make sure it was as real as possibleI had to schedule the shoot for a time when Stannah were actually on site installing their escalators and lifts – and their engineers had time to be involved with a photo shoot as well!

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By | on 16th September 2015 | Construction, Industrial