This photography set comes from a commission from the Health Exchange which is part of the NHS.
The Health Exhchange is a social enterprised based in Birmingham. It delivers free and confidential health information about lifestyle choices helping people to make postivite decisions about their health.
It was a very interesting and varied job with a detailed brief. I needed to capture a set of images that reflected their services and presented an attractive, positive view of the services that they offer.
As well as covering quite a range images, I covered a far bit of ground in and around Birmingham, starting in the city centre then working my way out to various locations in Winson Green, Handsworth, Cannon Hill Park and Sparkhill. And I was mostly relying on the willingness of the public to be photographed!
I hope you enjoy this set of active photographs from Birmingham!
I was by St Philip’s church when some music in the distance caught my ear. I wondered over, to find that the International Dance Festival were choreographying a dance routine. Perfect!
I joined a group of walkers in Handsworth Park. Boy, could they power walk! Which meant I had to run to keep ahead of them at times to get various shots. I was quite exhuasted after that jaunt!
I wanted to capture the ‘movement’ of the treadmill, so slowed my shutter speed down for this shot.
Some screen shots of the Health Exchange website so you can see how my photographs have been used!
I’ve got SO much blogging to catch up on! I did my first wedding photography shoot recently, so will be blogging about that soon, so watch this space
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Well, I’ve woken up to good new this morning! Clause 43 of the Digital Economy Bill has been removed, and it’s saved me from doing this to my photos!
Okay, that’s a bit of an exaggerated image, but it’s to illustrate my point. You see clause 43 had a bit in it call ‘orphan works’ that said if owners of photographs could not be traced, then anyone could use it, for any purpose at all, including commercial usage plus the government would profit from this as they would impose a fee. Nice.
There seemed to another part of Clause 43 that said, even if the owner of the image could be found, anyone could use it as well. They would just go to a body of somesort that the government would set up, and pay them for the image. Brilliant!
If the owner of the image manages to find out that their work has been used, they could go to the government, cap in hand, and ask for payment which is rightly theirs anyway.
If I’ve got any of this wrong, I’m sure someone will correct me.
But thank goodness this clause hasn’t gone ahead. I am very relieved. Faced with clause 43 what choice would artists and photographers have over where their images went and what use they would be put to! People could just pretty much help themselves to anything they wanted. Unless you made your images so unattractive – like my example above – that it would spoil the image.
So, anyway, I can now bring you the images of Ultravox, with just my little red watermark on the bottom right hand side. It doesn’t detract from the image very much, I’m marking it as my image and because I’ve put my website on there, people can easily find out who to contact should they wish to request use of the image. Simple!
It was my first time shooting at Birmingham’s Symphony Hall. It’s quite a beautiful place. I was able to shoot from the left and right sides of the stage, but the area in front of the stages has seating in it.
Midge Ure and the band seemed in fine form and played to an appreciative audience. The support act was a South African singercalled Arno Carstens. I’m editing those photos today so will pop them on my blog soon.
As usual it was the first three songs and no flash rule. The lighting was really good – it is so hard to shoot a band in the dark! I used 1/60 – 1/80 shutter speed and ISO between 1200-600.