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It was a strange twist of fate which brought me back to work inside a hospital. Lockdown had put an end to photography for a year and I offered myself up to help out at the local hospital, The Royal United in Bath. In a ‘previous life’ I’d been a Combat Medic with the British Army, so caring for patients wasn’t new to me. I worked throughout lockdown in the COVID Intensive Care Unit – even making an appearance in their recruitment video!

As Christmas drew near I was delighted to be comisssioned to photograph the ‘NHS Heroes’ campaign. Getting up close and personal in real clinical areas with the amazing people who had been delivering patient care throughout the frightening and seemingly endless COVID pandemic. Made even more personal ass I had worked alongside some of the staff who I was now capturing.

The campaign was a success, with my photographs used on all of the hospitals marketing communications, website, and even featuring in a large solo art exhibition inside the hospital!

The initial brief was focussed around staff cut out on white backgrounds – which were used extensively, but with a little trust I developed the brief myself and captured a selection of ‘environmental portraits’. Medical staff photographed in their own clinical settings; from Intensive Care, to Orthopaedic wards, the Hand Clinic and Plaster Room next to the Emergency Department. Having created a consisstent lighting approach, I wowas able to work quickly as these were ‘real’ operational areas studio quality light

 

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