Corporate head shots come up time and again in my business and are not as straight forward as you might imagine. At its most basic a head shot can of course resemble a passport picture against a neutral/dark/light background. Even at this level though, there is generally more going on than meets the eye. Subtle changes to the lights, background, body/head position can create a completely different look and feel, not to mention the settings within the camera or the chance to build rapport and help the person relax. Half an inch one way or the other in the head position can convey the difference between confidence and arrogance. Altering the position/proximity of the lights can add/subtract apparent pounds to the face. Not something to be taken lightly then.
Earlier this year I was commissioned to cover the Future Everything Festival in Manchester. Over a period of four days, academics, performers, scientists and environmentalists amongst others descended on Manchester to prod, poke and push boundaries with talks, seminars, music and art. Future Everything is a festival of ideas and the theme this time was titled Less and More, looking at resources. My brief was to capture the essence of the event and to cover as much ground as possible. Armed with a very long list of speakers, artists, venues and events, I set out.
About this time of year, the eyes of the world turn to a sodden field in mid Wales for the Bog Snorkelling World Championship. Part of the season of mad cap events known as the World Alternative Games. A couple of years ago I managed to land a commission from the Times to cover the 2 day event. My brief was to capture the characters, the mud, the snorkelling and the overall essence of the weekend. I thought it might make good blog worthy material.
Late last year I was asked to help refresh the image bank for Mahdlo Oldham’s state of the art youth zone. Along with the other onside centres (Manchester, London, Chorley, Preston, Warrington, Wirral, Wolverhampton, Blackburn, Carlisle and Wigan), it is a great place to work- the infectious energy of the kids is really refreshing and it’s hard not to get swept up in the positivity of it all. I’ve now visited most of the youth zone sites and all of them have the same vibe: bright, vibrant, noisy, quiet, colourful and genuinely inspiring! My brief for this job was mainly to capture the kids engaged in key activities or with each other, nothing too cheesy or posed which suited me just fine.