Towards the end of last year I worked with DRAX Biomass at their Baton Rouge Port operation and the Morehouse Bioenergy pellet production fascility in Texas.
I was commissioned through Vismedia to photograph and capture the manufacturing process of compressed wood pellets from sustainable working forests in the U.S. south. These high density wood pellets are then used as a low carbon alternative to coal in the upgraded biomass units in their power station.
Corporate photography has changed drastically in recent times with more content being online. The annual report has been the traditional sales tool of companies, but it makes financial sense to capture images which become part of a larger media library for the client.
I have been photographing corporate photography for twenty years and have come to understand that value for money means exceptional photography delivering the companies ethos.
Corporate photography has to communicate a company’s business from the manufacturing, distribution and sales, through to the personality of the people that make that business. This is often highly diverse photography from a photojournalistic style, to portraits, studio, interior and architectural photography. The corporate photographer has to be technically competent in all fields of photography.
The knee jerk alternative for photography is to look towards stock agencies for imagery. Generic images of people working or communicating in a workspace that is not that of the companies can create doubt in the mind of the viewer and raise questions of professionalism. Commissioned, dynamic photography of a company’s activities and employees shows their individuality and personality.
A corporate photographer is not just someone who has an expensive camera who will record whatever they are shown. A corporate photographer works with the client prior to the shoot to determine what they want to capture and then will assist with the logistics of achieving this. The corporate photographer needs to understand a company’s business production so that they can come away with a set of pictures that invoke a clear strong statement about the company. Equally the photographs have to demand the attention of the viewer by catching the moment in an arresting manner. The photographs should be worthy of the many international corporate photography awards.
I have been photographing architecture and interiors in all sectors of the industry for 20 years. I am privileged to enjoy a close working relationship with some incredible architects, designers and fit-out firms. I place a great deal of importance on discussing a project with the designer in advance of a shoot, understanding the design concept and the creative thinking behind an idea. I like to talk over the designer’s key features and the parameters that they had to work within. I believe that this gives me a better understanding of the space and contributes to me capturing the overall design.
Nando’s is working with a handful of talented designers producing some amazing interiors. I have photographed restaurants with features including 7000 beer bottles hung from the ceiling in a wave like instillation … intriguing use of materials such as a sculpted concrete bar … staircases made out of metal mesh and plywood … walls clad in everything from copper panels to wooden shingles but the new Nando’s restaurant in Oxford really did answer the question of “what came first the chicken or the egg”?
STAC Architecture designed the space around the simple concept of new beginnings and the egg. The restaurant has the yellow yoke centre with a Nando’s design pallete surrounding it. On the surface this design concept is a simple and affective idea but when you start looking at what the centre of the restaurant includes it is far from it.
British professional photographer Jonathan Banks was presented with the 10th Annual International Color Awards winner in the category of “Architecture” at a prestigious Nomination & Winners Photoshow streamed Saturday, March 4, 2017. He also picked up four other nominations in various categories.
The live online gala was attended by 9,575 photography fans around the globe who logged on to watch the climax of the industry's most important event for colour photography.
For ten years International Color Awards has been committed to bringing you world-class Juries selected from the most influential names in the industry. Annually a new jury pool is created to ensure the program's reputation for recognizing first-movers, new emerging talent and current trends across the industry. Jury members are selected by exclusive invitation to join the international panel and sent ballots to log on, review the entries and make their nomination selections. Only by having the greatest talent from both sides of the lens do we produce the intoxicating and diverse collections of colour photography the program is renowned around the globe for showcasing.
The 10th Annual Jury members included captains of the industry from Christie's, New York; Contemporary Art Society, London; Sotheby's, Paris; ING Collection, Netherlands; Y&R, Malaysia; Preus Museum, Norway; Art Beatus, Hong Kong; Ogilvy & Mather, Amsterdam; Whitechapel Gallery, London; and J. Walter Thompson, New York who honored Colour Masters with 723 title awards in 33 categories.
"It is an incredible achievement to be selected among the best from the 6,178 entries we received this year," said Basil O'Brien, the awards Creative Director. "Jonathan Banks's "Cool Britannia," an exceptional image entered in the “Architecture” category, represents contemporary colour photography at its finest, and we're pleased to present him with the title of winner."
INTERNATIONAL COLOR AWARDS is the leading international award honouring excellence in colour photography. This celebrated event shines a spotlight on the best professional and amateur photographers worldwide and honours the finest images with the highest achievements in colour photography. www.colorawards.com
Last Friday, “One Eyeland” announced the 2016 award winners. Two of my entries won in the “People – Culture” and “Editorial – War / Conflict” categories.
One Eyeland is the host of the largest photography awards that’s open to photographers, retouchers & CGI artists.
Images were uploaded from 65 countries and were adjudicated by a Grand Jury of 19 judges consisting of art directors and creative directors from the best ad agencies in the world.
Both of my pictures were taken in Liberia for the organisation International Alert. International Alert is one of the world’s leading non-profit peacebuilding organisations, working at local, national, regional, and global levels making conflict prevention and resolution important spheres of action among governments, ISOs and NGOs.