One job that really sticks in my mind from last year was the commission to work in Nepal documenting the charitable work of David Jennings and his company, UAP Ltd. Simply put it was a great experience; one I will never forget, and the people I met on my travels have really made a lasting impact on me.
Lady luck shone down on me again recently when I was approached by Richard Lynch, Head of Marketing & Communications, at The Walton Centre for Neurology and Neurosurgery NHS Trust, a specialist neurosciences hospital in Liverpool. I originally met Richard through my work with David Jennings, and he told me how much he liked my photographs, especially my portraiture work.
Inspired, in part, by my hands and feet gallery, Richard decided he’d like to capture a set of memorable images of the hospital’s patients, volunteers, fundraisers and the extraordinary people who work there. Richard wanted me to capture not just their faces, but also their hands too.
My brief was to capture the head and hands of the 50 people who agreed to be photographed. The images were to be used as the main focus for the Walton Centre’s important Annual Report and Accounts document, and also for the hospital’s web site, newsletters and campaign marketing materials.
In addition, the finished job would give the Trust a comprehensive library of stock images to use for years to come. There is also some dicussion about a touring exhibition, a calendar and the production of a huge banner on the façade of the hospital using one of the images taken.
I made it clear to Richard that this would be a dream job for me, and gave a great deal of thought into the appropriate creative style and treatment for the job. I also decided to employ a photographic assistant to help me, so I asked photographer Don Tonge to help me out. Don’s input proved invaluable.
The photography sessions ran like clockwork, and the models were a real pleasure to work with. I have rarely met such an interesting and intelligent bunch of people in my life. I actually spent more time in post-production than on image capture, but I am delighted with the finished job, and would change not one thing about the assignment.
Richard, helped by his personal assistant, Pat Toole, managed a well-organised and disciplined timetable, which gave me 45 minutes with each model, enough time to build a good rapport and capture the shots I’d visualised. Richard was a great client to work for; he trusted me to deliver the goods and left me to get on with the job!
I was a little apprehensive about working with so many well-qualified and specialist medical people, but I needn’t have worried. Everyone who took part, took part willingly and more than did their bit to ensure the shoot went well. I was subsequently given an aditional day to produce images of surgeons performing brain surgery on a patient in theatre; a truly amazing experience.