Sawston Fun Run 15 May 2011

Sawston Fun Run images available now! View Gallery Wonderful weather in Cambridgeshire today for an excellent and Fun Run through Sawston village.

Volunteer Photographer – Calendar Competition

Cambridgeshire Mencap’s 2011 calendar is now complete and available to buy. All the brilliant and beautiful winning art work was photographed in July.

To support Mencap and the work they do for people with learning difficulties in the Cambridgeshire area the calendars are available to buy from Cambridgeshire Mencap’s website

Cambridgeshire Mencap Calendar 2011 - Local support for people with learning difficulties

Cambridgeshire Mencap Calendar 2011 - Local support for people with learning difficulties

News: Cambridgeshire Mencap Photography and New Website!

At the begining of the summer of 2009  I was asked by the marketing and communications team of Cambridgeshire Mencap to undertake photography for a new website and to update existing library images. The work involved visiting many of the homes, services and activities of the service users over a period of just under 3 months. With the aim of the photography to capture creative natural and fun images of volunteers, activities and service users.

Work is now complete on the new Cambridgeshire Mencap website and the site is now live. Cambridgeshire Mencap is a charity based in Cambridge, UK and supports local people with learning disabilities. Their important work encompasses supported living, access to community activites and training. They also support parents and carers providing them with information, advice on relevant issues and backup when they need a rest. Undertaking photography work for Mencap was a real joy and great learning experience for me, and gave me a better insight into the lives of those with learning disabilities and the conditions associated with having a learning disability. As well as the parents and people who support and care for them.

More information about this interesting commission and examples of the results can be viewed here.

CAMSAR-Cambridge Search & Rescue Photography

Cambridgeshire Search and Rescue service training day – All images where taken for the CAMSAR website and other publicity to illustrate the service in action and their methods of search and rescue . It was a very wet start to the day with continual rain. As I would be working outdoors for the entire shoot I made the protection of the camera and lens a priority by using waterproof bags and covers. The use of waterproof covers for camera and lens can make creating well composed images a real challenge as the lens can fog and the cover obscure the viewfinder or lens. Everyone was in good humour and seemed not to mind being outside in the continual rain. Much of the day was spent following the various training activities culminating in one of the team groups finding a volunteer missing person. I documented the event as it happened and also set up and posed a few key images.

 

Search & Rescue Team Briefing

Search & Rescue Team Briefing

Rescue Team Leaders Check Map

Rescue Team Leaders Check Map

Trained volunteer search technicians are assisted by a central control room providing up to date information from the local constabulary and GPS radio tracking technology.

 

Cambridge Search and Rescue Incident Control Room

Cambridge Search and Rescue Incident Control Room

Volunteers undergo training to track a persons movements.

Search Technicians examining foot prints

Search Technicians examining foot prints

Lighting for the two person portraits below was provided by off camera flash and the ambient daylight. Two flashes were placed behind and to the right/left of the subject and one overhead of camera position with softbox. Sunlight provided intermittent overhead backlight.

 

Search & Rescue Team find missing person

Search & Rescue Team find missing person

Cambridge Mencap Photography Commission

2 month Cambridge Mencap photography commission close to completion. Results and insights posted here soon. Currently completing final images for the new Cambridge Mencap marketing campaign with new leaflets and website.