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Variety Is The Spice Of Life

July 27, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

I’ve always enjoyed the variety of work my career in photography has provided. In fact it’s been one of the major attractions to working as a freelance press, pr and corporate photographer. Looking back over a busy past few weeks only serves to reinforce this.

Commissions have come from many different clients from around the UK and the work has included sporting events, conferences, trade union disputes, industrial production facilities, social networking events, architectural interiors and Royalty.

I started with a portrait of a plant manager who took part in Karate in his spare time. This was shot for an in house communication magazine.

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This was followed by a sports event at St David’s Hotel in Cardiff. This P1 Powerboat looked very impressive in the evening sunshine outside St David’s Hotel.

P1POWERBOAT074P1POWERBOAT074P1 Powerboat event, St Davids Hotel, Cardiff Bay.
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A store opening in Pontypridd followed.

PONTYPRIDD033PONTYPRIDD033The new Poundland store in Taff Street, Pontypridd opened it's doors to the public today, Thursday 9/6/16.
Entertainer Ian Gee and store manager Ian Evans are pictured with Poundhound.
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This was closely followed by a trade union rally on the steps of The National Museum in Cardiff. The image is made up of five images stitched together to give a wide view of the gathering from behind the speaker. Most of my pictures were taken from exactly the opposite viewpoint with a backdrop of the museum but I wanted to find a different angle and the only way to show the full scene from the very narrow space behind the speaker was to shoot several images and join them up later in Photoshop.

MUSEUM068MUSEUM068PCS Union Rally at National Museum of Wales Cardiff today, Thursday 9/6/16.
Bethan Jenkins AM
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The next image is of a selfie in the making at a networking event for travel business staff.

REVOLUTION046REVOLUTION046Cardiff Airport Agents event at Revolution, 9/6/16.
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I regularly find myself documenting the production line at Ford’s Bridgend Engine Plant. The nature of the line dictates that most shots are taken from a close viewpoint but I’m still searching for the elusive image that shows the huge scale of the production facility.

LINE013LINE013Ford Bridgend Engine Plant production line.
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This is a case study family portrait shot for a story about a young family raising funds for life changing surgery for their daughter. This was shot for an in house magazine.

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The next image is part of a series of interiors of The David Lloyd Leisure facility in Cardiff. The brief called for a very specific head on approach with no converging verticals and no oblique angles. It also required that there was no one in any of the images. Hence an early start of 5am was called for. DL-CARDIFF002DL-CARDIFF002David Lloyd Leisure Club, Cardiff.
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An open day for staff, friends and family at Ford’s Bridgend Engine Plant provided the subject matter of this shoot for inclusion in the companies in house magazine. This picture of all the volunteers involved in running the event was taken from a cherry picker before the 3000 friends and family piled in for a tour of the plant and a day of fun. The image below is of one of many Ford vehicles on show.

FAMILY-DAY018FAMILY-DAY018The BEP Family Day, Sunday, 26/6/16.
The BEP team behind the open day.
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FAMILY-DAY073FAMILY-DAY073The BEP Family Day, Sunday, 26/6/16.
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This image is from an editorial set commissioned by The Alzheimers Society to illustrate a story about their ” Side By Side” volunteer scheme which provides support to dementia sufferers, allowing them to enjoy life to the full.

TABLE-TENNIS009TABLE-TENNIS009© Roger Donovan, Media Photos
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Another networking event, this time in the grand surroundings of the council chamber in City Hall, Cardiff.

CITYHALL084CITYHALL084Powerboat P1 Marine and Coastal Tourism Forum at Cardiff City Hall, Wednesday 29/6/16.
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Another magazine shoot about school children competing in a national racing car challenge with the aid of apprentices from Ford, Bridgend. MAESTEG-CAR008MAESTEG-CAR008© Roger Donovan, Media Photos
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This is from a commission to record a small business conference discussing employee ownership. As well as recording the event for future web and marketing use the shoot also called for the on day delivery of a press shot for local media use.

EMPLOYEE035EMPLOYEE035Wales Co-operative Centre Employee Ownership Day event at Arup, Cardiff Bay.
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Some Welsh football fans photographed for national tabloid newspaper.

COMEONWALES013COMEONWALES013© Roger Donovan, Media Photos
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I usually get involved with photographing The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall during their annual week long visit to Wales and this year was no exception being on Rota for two visits.

The couple were together for their visit to The Ponty Lido where the pick of my images was the sequence below where The Duchess playfully pushes the Prince in the back, as if to push him into the water, as he chats with swimmers.

The Duchess was on her own for a visit to the Emmaus community in Bridgend which supports former homeless people, giving them a home within a community as well as work at one of it’s social enterprises. The Duchess had a morning cuppa and chat with staff and companions.

The full edit can be viewed at: http://www.mediaphotos.co.uk/pontylido and http://www.mediaphotos.co.uk/emmaus

PONTYPRIDD081xxPONTYPRIDD081xxThe Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall visit Pontypridd Lido at Ynysangharad Park today ( Wednesday 6/7/16).
The Duchess gives a gentle push on The Princes back as if to push him in the water.
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EMMAUS005EMMAUS005The Duchess of Cornwall, Patron of Emmaus UK, visits the first Emmaus Community in Wales at Nant Lair, Bridgend today where she toured the community and met staff and companions. Emmaus UK supports former homeless people giving them a home within a community as well as work at one of it's social enterprises.
The Duchess enjoys a morning cuppa and chat with companions at the community.
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And finally came the Homecoming Party for the Welsh Football Team. I was covering a corporate hospitality event event which included photographing Miss Wales, Ffion Moyle and Love Islands Tom Powell as well as the events on the pitch.

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WALES113WALES113© Roger Donovan, Media Photos
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WALES123WALES123© Roger Donovan, Media Photos
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South Wales Aerial's

June 07, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

CAERPHILLY055CAERPHILLY055Aerial photography over South Wales.
Caerphilly town centre and Castle.
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I'd been trying unsuccessfully to shoot some aerial pictures of South Wales for over six weeks. The weather had just not cooperated and when the weather was ok and I was available, the pilot wasn't and vice versa. Eventually there was a weather window where both pilot and I were available so an early flight of 9am was arranged.

The weather had the last laugh though as once airborne despite a good forecast it became apparent that there was a lot of haze, not good for aerial photography, which very soon turned into a thick bank of fog as we approached Cardiff.

Plans were changed and we headed north from Port Talbot towards Maesteg, The Rhondda Valleys and Caerphilly before heading back to Swansea Airport.

Despite the poor visibility the flight resulted in some good images of South Wales, the true beauty of which is revealed from 3000 feet above.

Some of the pictures appear in the current issue of Around Town Magazine and the full edit can be viewed on my web site.

GOWER112GOWER112Aerial photography over South Wales.
Rhossili Bay on The Gower.
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GOWER116GOWER116Aerial photography over South Wales.
The Gower and Worms Head .
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GOWER123GOWER123Aerial photography over South Wales.
The Gower coast, Three Cliffs Bay.
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MAESTEG075MAESTEG075Aerial photography over South Wales.
Maesteg.
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PORT-TALBOT026PORT-TALBOT026Aerial photography over South Wales.
Port Talbot Steelworks.
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PONTYPRIDD052PONTYPRIDD052Aerial photography over South Wales.
Pontypridd town centre, South Wales.
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PORT-TALBOT030PORT-TALBOT030Aerial photography over South Wales.
Port Talbot town centre and M4 motorway.
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PORTH071PORTH071Aerial photography over South Wales.
Porth town centre in the Rhondda Valley. Pic shows the Rhonnda Fawr valley, left and Rhondda Fach valley, right.
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RHONDDA042RHONDDA042Aerial photography over South Wales.
Blaenrhondda, Treherbert and the Rhigos mountain road at the top of The Rhondda Valleys.
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SWANSEA008SWANSEA008Aerial photography over South Wales.
SA1 and marina, Swansea.
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SWANSEA015SWANSEA015Aerial photography over South Wales.
Swansea docks.
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Retrospective III

December 16, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

FLOWER-SHOW011FLOWER-SHOW011Flower Show, Crosskeys, College.
Flower shows, dog shows, bird shows, fetes, carnivals, we covered them all on the local weekly I started on, The News, part of The South Wales Argus Group in Newport.
The independent newspaper was the paper that most press photographers aspired to at the time with their striking and creative use of pictures. This picture was taken at that time when I tried to move away from the posed picture to a more reportage style of unposed pictures. Cartier Bresson was a hero as well and this picture attempts to replicate his style. circa 1987
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FETE012FETE012Fete.
Flower shows, dog shows, bird shows, fetes, carnivals, we covered them all on the local weekly I started on, The News, part of The South Wales Argus Group in Newport.
The independent newspaper was the paper that most press photographers aspired to at the time with their striking and creative use of pictures. This picture was taken at that time when I tried to move away from the posed picture to a more reportage style of unposed pictures. Cartier Bresson was a hero as well and this picture attempts to replicate his style.
I remember following this old lady as she made her way around the stalls. Every time I raised my camera to take a picture she stopped and smiled straight down the lens. Not what I was after. Eventually I caught her off guard and got the picture I was after as she paid for her goods. circa 1987
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FETE013FETE013Fete.
Flower shows, dog shows, bird shows, fetes, carnivals, we covered them all on the local weekly I started on, The News, part of The South Wales Argus Group in Newport.
The independent newspaper was the paper that most press photographers aspired to at the time with their striking and creative use of pictures. This picture was taken at that time when I tried to move away from the posed picture to a more reportage style of unposed pictures. Cartier Bresson was a hero as well and this picture attempts to replicate his style.
It's my homage to Sunday On The Banks Of The Marne only it's taken at a Cwm Recreation ground near Ebbw Vale at a fete. circa 1987
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FETE014FETE014Jazz bands were every where in the valleys in the 1980's. Every fete or carnival would have one and competitions abounded. I think this was taken in Cwm, Ebbw Vale.© Roger Donovan, Media Photos
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FETE015FETE015Another picture from a fete. It was a wet Saturday afternoon and I had been working my way through a list of weekend events to cover and found myself arriving after the event at this one in Cwmbran. Everyone was leaving as I made my way across the field to the ever diminishing stalls. This little girl was on her way home and made a simple but lovely picture. Circa 1987
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The first newspaper I worked on from 1975 -1987 was The News, a weekly paper circulating in the Gwent Valleys. Fetes, carnivals and flower shows were bread and butter for the three staff photographers. Mainly producing grip and grin style images, we all tried to push the boundaries by being a little more creative in our approach to what were mundane events.

Here are a few pictures of mine that I've come across recently from that time and which I still like. We were shooting everything in black and white then and we processed and printed all our own pictures. It would be many years before newspapers printed full colour. 

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Retrospective ll. Pope John Paul ll visits Cardiff, June 1982

December 09, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

A selection of my pictures from the visit of Pope John Paul II to Cardiff in June 1982.

The Pope celebrated Mass and First Holy Communion at Pontcanna Fields. Thousands turned out to meet him in sweltering sunshine. I covered the event from a press pen a short distance from the altar. I struggled with close ups as my longest lens at the time was 150mm with doubler I had borrowed from a friend. It was like looking through the bottom of a milk bottle as you can see from the soft images of the Holy Father which required some huge pull up under the enlarger. However there were other pictures to be had of the adoring crowd and of Holy Communion being given. 

The day started early with a 7am rendezvous with other members of the press in a field at Radyr just outside the city followed by a coach ride into Pontcanna. Once there we couldn't move and our films were collected by messenger and biked back to the South Wales Argus office in Newport for that days paper. Certainly a day to remember.

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POPE001POPE001The visit of Pope John Paul II to Cardiff in June 1982.
The Pope celebrated Mass and First Holy Communion at Pontcanna Fields. Thousands turned out to meet him in sweltering sunshine.
I covered the event from a press pen a short distance from the Altar. I struggled with close ups as my longest lens at the time was 150mm with doubler I had borrowed from a friend. It was like looking through the bottom of a milk bottle as you can see from the soft images of the Holy Father which required some huge pull up under the enlarger.
However there were other pictures to be had of the adoring crowd and of Holy Communion being given.
The day started early with a 7am rendezvous with other members of the press in a field at Radyr just outside the city followed by a coach ride into Pontcanna. Once there we couldn't move and our films were collected by messenger and biked back to the South Wales Argus office in Newport for that days paper.
Certainly a day to remember.
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POPE004POPE004The visit of Pope John Paul II to Cardiff in June 1982.
The Pope celebrated Mass and First Holy Communion at Pontcanna Fields. Thousands turned out to meet him in sweltering sunshine.
I covered the event from a press pen a short distance from the Altar. I struggled with close ups as my longest lens at the time was 150mm with doubler I had borrowed from a friend. It was like looking through the bottom of a milk bottle as you can see from the soft images of the Holy Father which required some huge pull up under the enlarger.
However there were other pictures to be had of the adoring crowd and of Holy Communion being given.
The day started early with a 7am rendezvous with other members of the press in a field at Radyr just outside the city followed by a coach ride into Pontcanna. Once there we couldn't move and our films were collected by messenger and biked back to the South Wales Argus office in Newport for that days paper.
Certainly a day to remember.
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POPE002POPE002The visit of Pope John Paul II to Cardiff in June 1982.
The Pope celebrated Mass and First Holy Communion at Pontcanna Fields. Thousands turned out to meet him in sweltering sunshine.
I covered the event from a press pen a short distance from the Altar. I struggled with close ups as my longest lens at the time was 150mm with doubler I had borrowed from a friend. It was like looking through the bottom of a milk bottle as you can see from the soft images of the Holy Father which required some huge pull up under the enlarger.
However there were other pictures to be had of the adoring crowd and of Holy Communion being given.
The day started early with a 7am rendezvous with other members of the press in a field at Radyr just outside the city followed by a coach ride into Pontcanna. Once there we couldn't move and our films were collected by messenger and biked back to the South Wales Argus office in Newport for that days paper.
Certainly a day to remember.
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POPE003POPE003The visit of Pope John Paul II to Cardiff in June 1982.
The Pope celebrated Mass and First Holy Communion at Pontcanna Fields. Thousands turned out to meet him in sweltering sunshine.
I covered the event from a press pen a short distance from the Altar. I struggled with close ups as my longest lens at the time was 150mm with doubler I had borrowed from a friend. It was like looking through the bottom of a milk bottle as you can see from the soft images of the Holy Father which required some huge pull up under the enlarger.
However there were other pictures to be had of the adoring crowd and of Holy Communion being given.
The day started early with a 7am rendezvous with other members of the press in a field at Radyr just outside the city followed by a coach ride into Pontcanna. Once there we couldn't move and our films were collected by messenger and biked back to the South Wales Argus office in Newport for that days paper.
Certainly a day to remember.
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POPE005POPE005The visit of Pope John Paul II to Cardiff in June 1982.
The Pope celebrated Mass and First Holy Communion at Pontcanna Fields. Thousands turned out to meet him in sweltering sunshine.
I covered the event from a press pen a short distance from the Altar. I struggled with close ups as my longest lens at the time was 150mm with doubler I had borrowed from a friend. It was like looking through the bottom of a milk bottle as you can see from the soft images of the Holy Father which required some huge pull up under the enlarger.
However there were other pictures to be had of the adoring crowd and of Holy Communion being given.
The day started early with a 7am rendezvous with other members of the press in a field at Radyr just outside the city followed by a coach ride into Pontcanna. Once there we couldn't move and our films were collected by messenger and biked back to the South Wales Argus office in Newport for that days paper.
Certainly a day to remember.
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POPE006POPE006The visit of Pope John Paul II to Cardiff in June 1982.
The Pope celebrated Mass and First Holy Communion at Pontcanna Fields. Thousands turned out to meet him in sweltering sunshine.
I covered the event from a press pen a short distance from the Altar. I struggled with close ups as my longest lens at the time was 150mm with doubler I had borrowed from a friend. It was like looking through the bottom of a milk bottle as you can see from the soft images of the Holy Father which required some huge pull up under the enlarger.
However there were other pictures to be had of the adoring crowd and of Holy Communion being given.
The day started early with a 7am rendezvous with other members of the press in a field at Radyr just outside the city followed by a coach ride into Pontcanna. Once there we couldn't move and our films were collected by messenger and biked back to the South Wales Argus office in Newport for that days paper.
Certainly a day to remember.
© Roger Donovan, Media Photos
Tel: 02920 361126
Mobile: 07711 325100
e-mail: roger@mediaphotos.co.uk
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POPE007POPE007The visit of Pope John Paul II to Cardiff in June 1982.
The Pope celebrated Mass and First Holy Communion at Pontcanna Fields. Thousands turned out to meet him in sweltering sunshine.
I covered the event from a press pen a short distance from the Altar. I struggled with close ups as my longest lens at the time was 150mm with doubler I had borrowed from a friend. It was like looking through the bottom of a milk bottle as you can see from the soft images of the Holy Father which required some huge pull up under the enlarger.
However there were other pictures to be had of the adoring crowd and of Holy Communion being given.
The day started early with a 7am rendezvous with other members of the press in a field at Radyr just outside the city followed by a coach ride into Pontcanna. Once there we couldn't move and our films were collected by messenger and biked back to the South Wales Argus office in Newport for that days paper.
Certainly a day to remember.
© Roger Donovan, Media Photos
Tel: 02920 361126
Mobile: 07711 325100
e-mail: roger@mediaphotos.co.uk
www.mediaphotos.co.uk
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POPE008POPE008The visit of Pope John Paul II to Cardiff in June 1982.
The Pope celebrated Mass and First Holy Communion at Pontcanna Fields. Thousands turned out to meet him in sweltering sunshine.
I covered the event from a press pen a short distance from the Altar. I struggled with close ups as my longest lens at the time was 150mm with doubler I had borrowed from a friend. It was like looking through the bottom of a milk bottle as you can see from the soft images of the Holy Father which required some huge pull up under the enlarger.
However there were other pictures to be had of the adoring crowd and of Holy Communion being given.
The day started early with a 7am rendezvous with other members of the press in a field at Radyr just outside the city followed by a coach ride into Pontcanna. Once there we couldn't move and our films were collected by messenger and biked back to the South Wales Argus office in Newport for that days paper.
Certainly a day to remember.
© Roger Donovan, Media Photos
Tel: 02920 361126
Mobile: 07711 325100
e-mail: roger@mediaphotos.co.uk
www.mediaphotos.co.uk
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POPE009POPE009The visit of Pope John Paul II to Cardiff in June 1982.
The Pope celebrated Mass and First Holy Communion at Pontcanna Fields. Thousands turned out to meet him in sweltering sunshine.
I covered the event from a press pen a short distance from the Altar. I struggled with close ups as my longest lens at the time was 150mm with doubler I had borrowed from a friend. It was like looking through the bottom of a milk bottle as you can see from the soft images of the Holy Father which required some huge pull up under the enlarger.
However there were other pictures to be had of the adoring crowd and of Holy Communion being given.
The day started early with a 7am rendezvous with other members of the press in a field at Radyr just outside the city followed by a coach ride into Pontcanna. Once there we couldn't move and our films were collected by messenger and biked back to the South Wales Argus office in Newport for that days paper.
Certainly a day to remember.
© Roger Donovan, Media Photos
Tel: 02920 361126
Mobile: 07711 325100
e-mail: roger@mediaphotos.co.uk
www.mediaphotos.co.uk
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POPE010POPE010The visit of Pope John Paul II to Cardiff in June 1982.
The Pope celebrated Mass and First Holy Communion at Pontcanna Fields. Thousands turned out to meet him in sweltering sunshine.
I covered the event from a press pen a short distance from the Altar. I struggled with close ups as my longest lens at the time was 150mm with doubler I had borrowed from a friend. It was like looking through the bottom of a milk bottle as you can see from the soft images of the Holy Father which required some huge pull up under the enlarger.
However there were other pictures to be had of the adoring crowd and of Holy Communion being given.
The day started early with a 7am rendezvous with other members of the press in a field at Radyr just outside the city followed by a coach ride into Pontcanna. Once there we couldn't move and our films were collected by messenger and biked back to the South Wales Argus office in Newport for that days paper.
Certainly a day to remember.
© Roger Donovan, Media Photos
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Mobile: 07711 325100
e-mail: roger@mediaphotos.co.uk
www.mediaphotos.co.uk
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Retrospective

December 08, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

Having been a photographer for some 42 years I have rather a lot of old pictures from my days as a newspaper staff photographer lying around in boxes. There are quite a few though strangely not so many as you might expect. I must have been selective about what I kept. Lately I’ve taken to browsing through them, whether for inspiration for future shoots or confirmation that I’ve done a reasonable job over the years I’m not sure. 

 

It struck me that others may be interested in some of these old pictures as well so I thought I would create a retrospective gallery online for others to browse.

 

I came across these pictures from 1977 and 1980. I’d only been working as a press photographer for two years in 1977 so was pretty green but looking back on them I have to say that even now I feel rather pleased with them. I remember the Keith Joseph set as though it was yesterday and given the hours I had waited on a cold winters afternoon with all the action happening when the light had all but disappeared I think I would have been pretty pleased with the results at the time.

 

The “STEEL” pictures show Keith Joseph MP, Secretary of State for Trade in a Margaret Thatcher Government visiting a factory in Ebbw Vale at the height of the 1980 steel strike where he was met by a crowd of striking steelworkers. Joseph got out of his car which was stopped by the throng of angry strikers and ran the gauntlet of noisy steelworkers as he tried to make his way into the factory. Joseph looked terrified and soon made his getaway but not before a few police officers had been injured in the crush.

 

STEEL 05, 06 & 08 Show a steel strikers rally at Pontypool Park being addressed by the local MP Leo Abse.

 

PICKET01-03 show another picket in Bedwas near Caerphilly outside a factory trying to stop machinery being removed from their factory during a protracted strike. Tempers flared and arrests were made.

 

The Margaret Thatcher picture was taken in June 1977 as she addressed the Welsh Conservative Party Conference in of all places, Ebbw Vale Leisure Centre. It was a Saturday morning and I had a string of other jobs to go to. She was late arriving. I’d waited for ages at the entrance to the centre and eventually she arrived. She even spoke to me as she rushed by and I followed her into the hall, got my picture and left for the next job.

 

You can take a look at more pictures from my Retrospective Gallery by visiting: http://www.mediaphotos.co.uk/retrospective

STEEL002STEEL002Keith Joseph MP, Secretary of State for Trade visits a factory in Ebbw Vale at the height of the 1980 steel strike and was met by a crowd of striking steelworkers. Joseph got out of his car which was stopped by the throng of angry strikers and ran the gauntlet of noisy steelworkers. Joseph looked worried to say the least and made his getaway but not after a few police officers had been injured in the crush.
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STEEL003STEEL003Keith Joseph MP, Secretary of State for Trade visits a factory in Ebbw Vale at the height of the 1980 steel strike and was met by a crowd of striking steelworkers. Joseph got out of his car which was stopped by the throng of angry strikers and ran the gauntlet of noisy steelworkers. Joseph looked worried to say the least and made his getaway but not after a few police officers had been injured in the crush.
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STEEL004STEEL004Keith Joseph MP, Secretary of State for Trade visits a factory in Ebbw Vale at the height of the 1980 steel strike and was met by a crowd of striking steelworkers. Joseph got out of his car which was stopped by the throng of angry strikers and ran the gauntlet of noisy steelworkers. Joseph looked worried to say the least and made his getaway but not after a few police officers had been injured in the crush.
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e-mail: roger@mediaphotos.co.uk
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STEEL001STEEL001Keith Joseph MP, Secretary of State for Trade visits a factory in Ebbw Vale at the height of the 1980 steel strike and was met by a crowd of striking steelworkers. Joseph got out of his car which was stopped by the throng of angry strikers and ran the gauntlet of noisy steelworkers. Joseph looked worried to say the least and made his getaway but not after a few police officers had been injured in the crush.
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STEEL005STEEL005Striking steelworkers rally at Pontypool Park, 1980, where one of the speakers was local MP Leo Abse.
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STEEL006STEEL006Striking steelworkers rally at Pontypool Park, 1980, where one of the speakers was local MP Leo Abse.
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STEEL008STEEL008Striking steelworkers rally at Pontypool Park, 1980, where one of the speakers was local MP Leo Abse.
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PICKET001PICKET001Pickets outside a transport depot in Caerphilly try to stop machinery being removed from their factory during a protracted strike. Tempers flared and arrests were made.
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PICKET002PICKET002Pickets outside a transport depot in Caerphilly try to stop machinery being removed from their factory during a protracted strike. Tempers flared and arrests were made.
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PICKET003PICKET003Pickets outside a transport depot in Caerphilly try to stop machinery being removed from their factory during a protracted strike. Tempers flared and arrests were made.
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STEEL007STEEL007Margaret Thatcher, then leader of the opposition addresses the Welsh Conservative Party Conference at Ebbw Vale on 16 June 1977 prior to her becoming Prime Minister in 1979.
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