This will be my 15th year taking photographs for some of the most prestigious private and public healthcare organisations. I began my freelance career in 2000 and I have since amassed a great deal of experience working within many varied healthcare environments from A&E, operating theatres, ITU, paediatrics, Oncology, x-ray, cath lab to general /dental practice, care homes for the elderly and services for those with learning difficulties. I have met wonderful staff and patients who agree to be photographed in sometimes difficult circumstances.
I have enjoyed this type of work a great deal as it has offered me a chance to work within exciting but challenging situations with often strict time constraints and space to work. Photographing operations provides some of the most interesting and challenging healthcare photography to create, I feel privileged to be allowed into this environment and to witness critical life saving work in progress.
My first experience of photographing an operation was during a hip replacement procedure at a private hospital. I was apprehensive at first and daunted especially when the time came to put on scrubs and enter the theatre, having a vivid imagination does not help. My fears though were quickly dispelled by the understanding staff who were in good humour and put me at ease straight away eventually goading me to get closer to the action and better images, they recounted tales of other first timers to operations who fainted during their visit requiring medical assistance themselves. Its tempting in these situations to stand in a corner and remain there, out of the way of the busy staff, fearful of distracting anyone or stepping into a sterile area. Some of the best images I have taken were at close proximity to the staff and operating area. Of course sometimes this is not appropriate and remaining out of the way in a corner is the best place to be. I am still learning about working in these environments and discovering new ways to approach the subject matter with unique viewpoints, use of lighting and exposure.
Healthcare annual report assignment completed earlier this year for the Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust Hospital. Completed over a two day period at the Hospitals London sites in Chelsea and Harefield. This years photo shoot took had an added significance as my daughter Eleanor was born the day after the first days shoot. As always it was a pleasure to meet the patients and staff at RBHT.
The work is a mixture of fly on the wall reportage and stage managed shots.
Over the last twelve months the NHS National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) undertook a large photography project to update its library of clinical healthcare images for use across its nationwide network.
The NIHR commissioned me to work on this project which involved photoshoots at 8 locations across the UK. With more locations and photo shoots planned for the coming months ahead.
All the locations were operational clinics or surgeries within hospitals and general practice surgeries. All the models were consenting members of the public and staff. Photography was undertaken during the course of real consultations or examinations. Here are some of the results.
Lots of portraits taken over two days for the Royal Brompton and Harefield Hospital’s new nursing recruitment brochure. Great job, loads of fun meeting some very nice people. The brief was quite open with guidance to take approachable, happy portraits with neutral backgrounds. I chose to shoot with available light where possible and fill shadows evenly.
Cover Portrait Royal Brompton & Harefield Hospital Nursing Recruitment Brochure
Alan Johnson MP talking to a patient at the Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Trust Hospital, London. The communications office at the Royal Brompton very kindly booked me to take photographs of Alan Johnson’s visit to the asthma clinic at the Royal Brompton Hospital in June 2009. The visit was well organised and many images were captured of staff and patients talking to the secretary of state.
MP Alan Johnston visits Royal Brompton NHS Hospital