Bring On 2021
The pandemic has been the dominant story of 2020. Deserted streets, lockdowns, job losses, sickness, deaths and the NHS under pressure. All our lives have been affected so lets hope 2021 with the help of the vaccines now rolling out can see a turnaround with our lives starting to return to some form of normality soon.
I’m still open for business and working in a Covid secure manner as has been the case since the first lockdown back in March last year.
Creative images can be the key to success for your business in the year to come. Strong visuals stand out in news feeds and on web pages, they draw the reader in and speak volumes about the quality of your product or service. If you want to showcase your product or introduce new personnel, a bespoke image crafted to highlight your product or demonstrate the welcoming face of your business can be the key to unlocking potential sales or custom.
The start of a new year traditionally offers an opportunity to look back over some work highlights from the previous year. Needless to say thanks to covid the highlights together with picture commissions have been few and far between but nevertheless here are a few pictures from the past twelve months.
January started well enough with a commission to photograph a Welsh Government Tourism launch addressed by The First Minister Mark Drakeford in Porthcawl.
Again in January I spent a chilly day on the docks in Newport photographing new senior management personnel at various locations around the port.
February brought a commission to photograph the new HMS Cambria in Cardiff, The Royal Navy's only reserve base in Wales.
At the beginning of March I had the opportunity of photographing the band BCG as they performed at The Iron Duke Public House, Pontypool. Covid was very much in our minds at this time but no-one knew what was just around the corner. This was my last live gig photography of the year.
March also saw me photograph the green-powered cruise vessel MV Fridtjof Nansen as she docked in ABP’s Port of Cardiff. The Barry Male Voice Choir were there to greet the many passengers with a Welsh welcome as they disembarked for a day in the capital city. Just a few days later the first full lockdown would come into effect.
In the midst of the first lockdown in May I ventured into Cardiff City Centre to record the effects of the pandemic on city centre life. I was greeted by deserted streets at midday on a Monday when the city would usually have been busy with shoppers and office workers. The city felt like it was in post apocalypse, silent and empty but for a very few workmen and the usual homeless people who seemed to have claimed the streets for themselves. In addition to some stills I also shot a short video which I felt portrayed the scene better than stills. View the video.
In mid July I crossed The River Severn to photograph The Riverside View development in Keynsham, Bristol and in collaboration with a colleague shot stills and drone footage of the new development for the construction trade press.
At the end of July I photographed Robert O’Neil, ( foreground ), the new Chief Executive of the Welsh Automotive Forum together with the outgoing Chief Executive Tim Williams for a press release to announce the new appointment.
Another construction site shoot in September saw me in Swansea to photograph the City's West Pier where work was underway to replace the crumbling old pier wall where The River Tawe flows past the marina. The pictures were all shot with a long lens from the rivers opposite bank high up on the former Irish ferry terminal loading platform which afforded an excellent high viewpoint from which to photograph the operations below.
September saw me in Pontypridd to photograph beef and sheep farmer Richard Isaac on his farm at Ynysybwl near Pontypridd, South Wales. Richard is pictured at the highest point on his land where a water tank fed from groundwater pumps at the farm feeds water troughs in the fields and fine views of the surrounding hills and valleys are to be had.
December found me in Cardiff on a very cold evening to photograph ABP’s Queen Alexandra House headquarters lit up in purple light to mark International Day Of The Disabled. The building looked dramatic against a background of a clear starry night.
My final shoot of the year was to photograph an Aston Martin DBX SUV as it was put through it's paces by motoring writer Robin Roberts for a road test on his website Wheels Within Wales.
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