Last week I spent a day in my home photography studio shooting promotional product photography for local graphic designer Simon Moore who runs graphic design business SPM Creative in Lytham St. Annes. We were introduced to each another by our mutual friend Robert Lomas who I recently worked with on the brand identity for my photography business (thanks Rob!). Simon needed crisp, clean images of business cards, postcards, leaflets, posters and menus that he’d designed for his own clients for use on his website.
Three years ago I was commissioned as the Photographer in Residence for the NALGAO (National Association of Local Government Arts Officers) annual conference which was held at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool.
The underpinning theme of the conference was the contribution that the arts and creative industries make in building sustainable communities and supporting regeneration.
The conference was a huge success and I had a fantastic time photographing keynote speakers, workshops and cultural study tours. Earlier this year, NALGAO rebranded itself as Arts Development UK and decided to come back to Blackpool for the first time since 2008. I’m pleased to say that I was asked back once again to undertake the role of Photographer in Residence.
Last month, local architect Ben Jurin of Ben Jurin Architecture emailed me regarding a commission to produce a series of architectural photographs of a property he was overseeing the redevelopment of in Blackpool.
I offered a competitive quote to shoot a minimum of twenty high resolution photographs for use on his forthcoming website and marketing material. Although I’ve never produced this kind of property photography before, Ben had faith and commissioned me nonetheless. We arranged an evening when we could both meet, talk about the property and shoot the photographs.
’These artworks consisted of a WWII soldier sculpture in Salisbury Woodlands, The Choir Loft next to the war memorial near North Pier, The hoardings around the site of the old Yates’s Building, illumination artworks on Dale Street and a number of installations (including the ‘The Wave’ sculpture) in the newly re-developed St. John’s Square in Blackpool’s town centre.