Well, summer 2014 was a very busy time for my Red Lenses photography business, which is just how I like it. So, the website has seen extensive updates to include the best examples of all this work: The Green Events, Sites & Project page has many of the following images included, and I have also taken the opportunity to update the People Page as well, with some of my favourite portraits, both posed and natural, from the summer.
I have also been doing a lot of industrial photography, mainly for myself, and so this gallery has also been extended. Finally, a lot of my work, both commercial and for my own pleasure, has yielded some more artistic results, which are included in the Fine Art gallery of my site. Please have a look, and I think that there should be something there for everyone.
And please, please, pass the Red Lenses link – www.redlenses.co.uk – around to colleagues and anyone else who you think may be interested in my work. Obviously I am taking this opportunity to publicise what I have been doing of late with a view to finding more work and clients, but you may simply know people who would enjoy my images too. Thanks in advance, and please get in touch if I can help you with anything.
So, read on if you would like a more in-depth update of my summer work. A lot of images are included, so you can simply scroll down and enjoy these if you are pressed for time.
Working for Pictorial Meadows, a supplier of wildflower meadow-mixes, based in Sheffield, I spent a lot of time both around their site, and visiting various parts of the country, to illustrate the benefit and beauty of these wonderful splashes of colour in a variety of environments.
Thankfully, we had a lot of sun, hard though it is to remember sitting here on a grey, damp day, and the vibrant colours have made such a diverse range of places look so good.
From derelict housing sites to city-centres, the colours have been astonishing, and the people who I chatted with whilst working have been so happy to see the splashes of colours.
Even road verges and medians have benefited from this planting, and I’ve been zipping all over the place to get the best shots of them in flower.
So many localities and types of setting seem to benefit, and I’ve had to keep reminding myself that this is work!
Of course, to get such an outstanding result requires some work, and required maintenance has keep people occupied.
Back at base, different seed mixes have been experimented with, meaning that there are always wonderful colour combinations around the site.
And collecting the seed has also been time-consuming.
But the benefits for both people and pollinators are very tangible, and visitors human and insect alike have been enjoying the warm summer days.
Other visitors have come to learn about the work here, based on Green Estate, Sheffield. The importance of bees and other pollinators, or the benefits of good landscape design have seen students from near and far around the site.
It has not been only wildflowers around the Green Estate site; a lot of living history events take place here, and so public events are always interesting to watch and photograph. The 1940s period has a newly-refurbished house in that style, surely the ultimate prop!
And what better way to learn about that period than to see things from the time, and talk to people in character who know all about it?
The restored Manor House also hosts living history, and is now included in the schedule of a tour company specialising in major historic sites in England.
Or maybe being an old-style apothecary is more your thing?
Phew! All this activity would make any one need a rest (no, that’s not me, I’ve been far too busy!).
Big Lad, a Clydesdale horse, is also a major attraction. This working horse is used for ploughing, cart-rides and also to help build confidence in trainees working with him. Needless to say, he is something of a star attraction.
As if all that wasn’t enough, there has also been a lovely nature and play area created at a school in Sheffield. I just wish that I could show the images of the kids enjoying it to the full here, but you’ll have to make do with the facilities alone. Needless to say, the kids loved it all.
And I got to photograph real Tonka-toys in the green waste recycling depot, just the job for someone who loves industrial photography.
Finally, just to show the diversity of the Green Estate site, there was a wedding there amongst all the wildflowers and history. My photos were not wedding-photos in the strict sense, but done in order to show yet another function of the site on behalf of the client. But fortunately, those taking part were more than happy for me to get more involved and not just take photos from the periphery.
First time I’ve been appropriately dressed in Converse sneakers at such an event!
Wow, that was a long update. Thanks for sticking with it to the end, and finding out more about what I do. And as I said at the start, please pass the Red Lenses link – www.redlenses.co.uk – around to colleagues and anyone else who you think may be interested in my work. Thanks again.