These images were shot back at the end of March. I couldn’t publish them here until the magazine had been published. No matter what the difficulties and challenges of doing editorial work, I have to say, I really enjoy it. I get to meet a lot of different, interesting people, and if I’m lucky, get go to some great events. When you’re photographing for someone else, it can be incredibly difficult knowing whether you are going to come away with a decent selection of shots that fit the brief. It can be very challenging and rewarding to create interesting photographs from what are potentially mundane surroundings, especially in a short space of time.
The photos for this feature were a challenge on two fronts. Firstly at Kaibosh Food Rescue, the sorting of the food is done after 6pm in a barren, windowless environment, lit by fluorescent lights. Not a good start to say the least. The second challenge, as well as doing portraits, is to photograph the volunteers while they are working. In a confined space with many obstacles and people moving around (especially if it’s an indoor environment and the lighting is bad), getting a decent candid shot can be very difficult. This is where my conflict arises. As someone who sits on the border between photographer and photojournalist. Do you simply take a documentary approach and just photograph whatever happens, with no guarantee that you will get an interesting, useable shot, or if time is limited (as is often the case), set-up the photograph so there is a good image to fall back on. Or do both.
The soup kitchen was a great example of this, especially as the guests could not be recognisable in the background of any images. Time is a critical feature, especially as the volunteers want work, and not spend ten minutes setting-up and posing for photographs.
One of the many things you encounter on freelance jobs is having to work with what you have. Anthony was not volunteering on the night I photographed him here. It was the only time he had available. I was hoping there would be some rescued food which I could place in the fridge behind him, but alas there was none!
Had to get my photographs in the shot! What can I say.
Last month I was commissioned to photograph five Hutt Valley landscapes for a feature for Fishhead Magazine. I had two weekends to complete the assignment, and only one opportunity to photograph each place I visited. As much as I could, I planned ahead, and researched the places I was due to visit to give myself the best opportunity possible of getting good landscape photos on the days I was available to shoot. Some are single images and others are multi-image panoramas. The image of East Harbour Regional Park forests is composed of 60 individual images stitched together. The most challenging of these locations was Pencarrow Heads. This was an hour cycle ride down a dirt track, pre-dawn, using a headlamp and the eye-shine of strange critters (sheep, rabbits and possums) for navigation. First light revealed a low sky, laden with drizzle, and a soft, diffused light with little contrast. Hardly ideal conditions!