Two portraits, two Professors.

Brains, Alzheimer’s, inflammation, then two days later diabetes, sugar levels, heart disease and fitness. Jeez, thankfully not my visit to the Doctor here in the West of Scotland, but the studies and practices of two Professors I shot portraits of very recently for two different editorial clients.

Amusingly the two unrelated photography jobs took place in side by side buildings at the University of Glasgow (if only I’d known that while trying to park the car), and both required of me to shoot environmental portraits of two learned Professors. Even turns out they knew each other and one had been in the other’s class.

University buildings can sometimes be a little haphazard and lived in, especially science labs, and Professor’s offices are rarely the most inspiring of places, either too small, too cramped, too busy with books, too dark, or just too messy.

 

Professor Jonathan Cavanagh, Professor of Psychiatry & Consultant Neuropsychiatrist, at the University of Glasgow. ©Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert 2018.

 

Professor Jonathan Cavanagh, Professor of Psychiatry & Consultant Neuropsychiatrist, at the University of Glasgow. ©Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert 2018.

 

Thankfully these two assignments were in one of the modern buildings at the University and after a quick walk around with the gents I had to photograph, we settled on a few locations and shot a variety of images. Into the science lab, a few portraits, then into a conference room, looking at stopping off in hall ways to utilise bright blue walls and nice windows light, and with Professor Sattar we nipped outside to see his bike, as part of his story was about making sure to get enough exercise and keep your heart strong.

 

Professor Naveed Sattar, in his lab at the Institute of Cardiovascular Studies and Medical Sciences, at the University of Glasgow. ©Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert 2018.

 

Professor Naveed Sattar, at the Institute of Cardiovascular Studies and Medical Sciences, at the University of Glasgow. ©Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert 2018.

I post a few frames here from the shoots, sadly no good tear sheets to go with these this time. One client used the images on their website, another in a magazine, but neither were particularly inspiring uses sadly. A shame as both gents had been very kind and generous with their time and doing what was required to keep the photographer happy and to fulfil the brief. But examples none the less of environmental portraits shot to satisfy a brief, and with minimal disruption to the busy working life of the sitter – another consideration I always feel, and that’s where professionalism of the photographer comes in, the ability to get in, get the required portraits and images, and not leave the sitter fuming at the amount of time it took and leaving them with a bad feeling for your editorial or corporate client.

Thank you gents!

 

Photographing spirits!

Photographing things that go bump in the night! Another editorial and portrait photography shoot from recent times, photographing at the National Trust for Scotland’s Culross Palace and spending an evening, after hours, locked in the palace with paranormal enthusiast and palace custodian Linda Whiteford.

Kinda tricky to photograph that which can’t be seen, and maybe only felt by a cold whisper of air against your hands (or was it just a draught?), or a bump and sudden thud on the floor when you know there is no-one else in the building…all very spooky. I’ve done many crazy assignments in my photography career but this was up there with the more unusual, especially when we sat in cold rooms, in the dark, chatting to the spirits…

But, it all worked fine, Linda was great for collaborating with, making some portraits with, and the mustard yellow walls of the palace exterior looked lovely. And then later one, with a bit of judicial photographing into old mirrors, photographing into the flare of torches etc, we managed to bring about the feeling of supernatural goings-on.

Here’s the spread from the magazine, and also a few outtakes from the evening’s photography assignment.

Space and light

A few weeks back I was photographing an editorial portrait for Psychologies Magazine, and got to spend a very enjoyable few hours with Sandra Patterson of Kids Be Happy Ltd. Sandra was interviewed about the times when her job was tough, and she and her husband made the conscious decision to move home and to relocate to Dumfriesshire, to the countryside where the light was more plentiful, the air was abundant and a sense of openness brought a bit more harmony to their working life and decision making. Something I’m sure we can all learn from!

Here’s the spread from the magazine, showing how they used Sandra’s portrait, and then below some more photographs from the portrait shoot. Sandra was a great model, very patient, and had good ideas on where would be suitable locations for taking the photos.

Nil Desperandum, portraits

Nil Desperandum – Don’t despair! The motto of the Bellahouston Harriers running club that I train with.

For the past few years I’ve been running with the club, based in Glasgow’s Southside and established way back in 1892 making it one of Scotland’s oldest running and athletics clubs. With a prestigious history, including Olympians, it’s become a welcome addition to my week and life. And nicely, being a photographer who runs, or a runner who photographs, I can help out the club by photographing a lot of  which benefits the club. I may not win them any running medals, but I can shoot some portraits and pictures which all help with raising the profile of the club!

I never imagined when I took up running what an impact it would have on me, and the multitude of benefits it brings, not just the ability to run a few hundred metres to catch a bus. Learning to be a ‘runner’, learning to be able to leave the house and knock out a 10km or half marathon run brings huge pleasure, and benefits to health and to mental health (important when for all but important for freelancers who can sometimes live in a bubble of their own profession). But the running also brings me mental fortitude which when times get tough, when the assignments slow down, or when you make a pitch for a big contract and then it passes by, then the ability to be tough, to stay the course and rebound strongly comes into play.

One of the other great benefits of joining the club has been the making of new friends and contacts, opening up of new conversations and experiences. Earlier this year I went with friends from the club for a drinking training weekend, and on the way back from a one mile time trial run on the Saturday afternoon I took the chance to shoot a few portraits of them against an old farm shed we passed. Proving true the old adage that the best camera you have is the one that you have on you.

For no other reason than getting some pics off my phone and laptop and onto the blog, and sharing some work from the past while, here are some iPhone-filtered portraits of my fellow Bellahouston Harrier runners. Nil desperandum.

New work

Some new commercial work I photographed recently for the UNICEF UK website, for their new campaign about air quality and the rights of children to have fresh air! It was great fun photographing this, the children enjoyed getting stuck into bubbles and wind musical instruments, and using various concepts to illustrate air and breathing. Great fun taking the pictures and nice to see them used so well by the client on such a worthy cause.

 

And one below, from a previous campaign for Rights Respecting Schools. This one photographed in Wales.