Recently the 2021 TIPA World Award Winners were announced.
TIPA (Technical Image Press Association) WORLD AWARDS both recognise and honour industry companies and their products and serve as an important benchmark and guide for consumers in making their purchasing decisions.
Zoner Photo Studio X was named the “Best imaging software Expert”. I have been working with the team at Zoner Photo Studio X, trialling the software to see what my impressions are when using it for different types of photography assignment.
To take full advantage of the enhancement of digital camera files, especially Raw format files, a full-fledged photo editing and processing toolkit is required. Zoner Photo Studio X offers a range of workflow, corrections, layer processing and effects in an affordable and easy to use format.
One of the most demanding subjects for my photography has been assignments for DRAX BIOMASS. I photographed with Vismedia Agency for Drax Group to show they are working with sustainably sourced forest biomass at the heart of their purpose: Enabling a zero carbon, lower cost energy future.
I was asked to create an image library of photography ranging from reportage style pictures documenting their work, to portraits of their people. The photography in the U.S. covered the “responsible management of forests”, the production and final transportation. I was working with everything from available light to portable flash kits, studio lighting and in dark spaces where it was not permitted to use external lighting meaning ISO settings well in excess of 10K.
Zoner Photo Studio X provided me with the processing capabilities of delivering the pictures required.
My photograph is on the front cover of this months, The Lighting Journal Magazine. The picture is also featured in an article inside.
The London offices were designed by CallisonRTKL for a large global tech company. The architects aimed to transform the client’s three floors into a modern, flexible space that would reflect the cutting-edge nature of the client’s brand.
From the outset, CallisonRTKL wanted to create a journey, both for visitors and employees.
The fifth floor is dedicated to the new visitor centre, for both new and existing customers. With a red wall and light strips reminiscent of lightning bolts, the reception desk makes a high-impact first impression. Adjacent to the reception is a waiting area with various types of seating, a new customer lounge and focus rooms. Key suppliers included Steelcase, Orangebox, Isomi, FRÖVI, Boss Design, Sedus Stoll Italia and Tétris.
The LED dali lighting system is fully dimmable, and lighting and daylighting are linked along with the external blinds and controls. Dedicated perimeter lighting control zones enable full daylight linking. CallisonRTKL worked alongside Elektra Lighting, Delta Light, Zumtobel Group, ERCO, Fabbian, Frau Maier and Vibia.
The 16th Pollux Awards have been announced and I am pleased to share that my three entries into the singles categories of Fine Art, Culture and Children have all received honourable mentions.
The Pollux Awards is one of the most important annual photography competitions which attracts talent from around the world. Hosted by Worldwide Photography Gala Awards, the 16th Pollux Awards was juried by Stephen Perloff, photographer, writer, founder and editor of The Photo Review and The Photography Collector. The Worldwide Photography Gala Awards recognises artists’ talent through competitions juried by industry leaders, exposing their work in the media, publishing their work, hosting collective exhibitions, and by exhibiting their work online and in the Biennial of Fine Art and Documentary Photography.
Selected works of the Winners and Honourable mentions will exhibited at the FotoNostrum Gallery, Barcelona in late 2021.
“Storytelling may be the only way to change someone’s mind. Princeton researchers have argued that people tend to challenge arguments based on facts. Stories, on the other hand, can change behaviour by stimulating the parts of the brain associated with empathy.” Matt Gordon for Story2
When great photography and journalism come together, they deliver a powerful message. I have photographed in the worlds of editorial, commercial and charity, with the formula for delivering information remaining the same. The pictures have to have form and content, drawing the viewer in with the aesthetic at the same time as explaining what is happening. Whilst a photo can be “worth a thousand words”, the information is delivered to us in a different manner to the text. The photography should leave us wanting to understand more and read the article.
A paragraph can equally be worth a thousand photos. The words contribute to the overall message in a way that the pictures cannot, and through the eloquence of language and factual information we reflect on the images with additional understanding. Storytelling is pictures and words at their finest.
I was commissioned to photograph DelAgua’s programme of distributing water filters and cook stoves across Rwanda. Unsafe drinking water and household air pollution are major causes of mortality around the world. The data collected from the study in Rwanda suggests that programmatic delivery of household water filters and improved cook stoves can provide a scalable interim solution for rural populations that lack access to safe drinking water and rely on traditional fires for cooking.
I documented the project capturing every aspect from the distribution days and community health workers visits. I photographed in a number of different regions and villages to show the extent of the programme. I collaborated with DelAgua Health and the Rwandan Ministry of Health to present a powerful set of images which showed the work undertaken. The series was shortlisted for the prestigious World Sony Photography Awards.