World Environment Day is celebrated on 5 June every year and is the United Nations' principal vehicle for encouraging awareness and action for the protection of our environment. First held in 1974, it has been a flagship campaign for raising awareness on emerging from environmental issues to marine pollution, human overpopulation, and global warming, to sustainable consumption and wildlife crime. World Environment Day has grown to become a global platform for public outreach, with participation from over 143 countries annually. Each year, WED has a new theme that major corporations, NGOs, communities, governments, and all celebrities worldwide adopt to advocate environmental causes.
The purpose of World Environment Day is to give a human face to environmental issues and to empower people to become active agents of sustainable and equitable development.
I have chosen a selection of my photos to showcase some of the charities, organisations, and companies that I work with who have a strong sense of social, environmental, and economic responsibility. Organisations such as Weyerhaeuser as supported by DRAX Group who are managing the most sustainable, versatile resource on earth: forests; DelAgua who have distributed water filters and cook stoves throughout Rwanda; Farm Africa who are working with communities in Africa to have a better understanding of the environment whilst increasing their yield; Sainsbury’s who work closely with farmers so that they can reassure their customers that their food is sourced both ethically and sustainably in order to tackle climate change; Intergen working to generate safe, reliable and sustainable power in the communities in which we operate; YASA motors revolutionary motors working to bring down the global emissions targets; Microsoft who are committed to preserving Earths eco system by creating a planetary computer with an interconnected environmental network of data and tools; and all the architects and designers including CallisonRTKL who are working to create buildings, places and experiences that support communities, economies and the planet.
I have photographed in care homes and hospices across the country. I always come away feeling positive because of the incredible work of the carers. The emotional relationships they have with residents cannot be underestimated.
The government claims it put a protective ring around such homes from the start and that the majority are coronavirus free. Statistics seem to show differently. The number of deaths attributed to this time along with staff absence because of coronavirus, places a serious question on why there has not been more testing in the care sector? With more testing it would be possible to build a picture of how far and how quickly the virus is spreading, enabling the possibility of being able to prevent it from spreading so rapidly.
On Friday I will be attending the funeral of my uncle who contracted the Coronavirus whilst at a care home. Amongst the restricted number of guests will be his carer.
Every Thursday I am proud to support our key workers, dedicated carers, and staff across the NHS.
Energy company Drax Group is helping more than 170 small care homes by cancelling their gas and electricity bills for two months during the Covid-19 crisis.
I have been working with Vismedia to supply photography, film and 360 degree content to DRAX in support of their marketing material. I have photographed gas-fired power stations in England and hydro-electric power stations in Scotland.
Drax Group’s purpose is to enable a zero carbon, lower cost energy future and in 2019 announced a world-leading ambition to be carbon negative by 2030.
All the care homes selected to receive the free energy are small businesses based in communities local to Drax’s operations across England, Scotland and Wales and are already supplied by Opus Energy and Haven Power – both part of Drax Group.
In times like these it is beneficial to be diverse and adaptable. If you look at my website then you will see reportage, travel photography and portraits for magazines; annual report stock photography, portraits and commercial photography for corporate clients; architecture and interiors for designers; and humanitarian and campaign photography for charitable organisations. I really enjoy the range of work.
I do not think this dilutes my focus, in fact I believe that it is a strength for the people I work with, and for my position in the professional world of photography. I apply the same enthusiasm of seeking to capture the best photos possible for every assignment. This seems to have worked so far, receiving international awards in all sectors of my work.
It means I can supply clients with every aspect of photography. So, as well as photographing interiors and architecture, I can also photograph the designers behind the projects. Here are some of the creatives that I have photographed alongside photographing the architect’s projects.