What a year…..what a wonderful and creative year, I would be forgiven, I suspect, for doing another wedding blog….I have had the most beautiful brides and handsome grooms to work with this past year and I would be hard pushed to pick a set of favourite wedding pictures….indeed they have all been incredible. I really cannot thank all my clients enough….but for this look back on the past twelve months I thought I would look at some of the more commercial projects I have undertaken…from shooting large wagons around Liverpool, to working with Lanyon Bowdler Solicitors to capture some environmental images to taking images for Tanner’s Wines, they have all been wonderful projects….but one project in particular has had a resounding effect on how I work and how I see life itself. This was a project that came to me via my website in early January. It gave me a brief outline for what was to be the most inspiring and thought provoking project I have ever undertaken. The brief was to work with carers to capture their day, their lives….to see through the support that is offered to them, their own personal battles. The pictures that follow are all taken in settings where they either live or meet…they all are actual carers, either caring for elderly relatives, or spouses. But all of them rely on the support network that is given to them by Carers Contact….from the initial meetings where they gather their support packs and contact sheets….to the local Coffee shop where they go to exchange stories and help one another best they can….to their homes, their loved ones and their constant struggle to live a normal life.
I have a huge amount of respect for these people, and offer up but a glimpse into their lives.
I will be adding more to this blog over the next few days, images that have taken me out of my comfort zone, images that have played a part in shaping what I do….but the Carer’s project and another very similar project at Overley Hall School will be the ones that have had a lasting effect.