Hi all and welcome back.
I want to discuss one of the most rewarding aspects of my photography - working with great causes and some inspirational people.
Working with charities is very close to my heart - and I'm proud to work with Orchid (who do wonderful work in the area of male cancers) as well as Thames Hospice (who looked after my dad so well during his fight against cancer).
In the course of this, I get to meet and photograph some very interesting (and very inspirational) people.
Last week, I was asked by Orchid to photograph Professor Dan Berney who is very much on the frontline against cancer.
Professor Berney divides his time between Genito-Urinary Pathology at Barts Heath NHS Trust and research as Professor and Principal Investigator at the Barts Cancer Institute (Queen Mary, University of London). Professor Berney also heads the Orchid Tissue Bank, an internationally significant resource for cancer research analysis.
The Professor was great fun to photograph. I've featured here my favourite shot of the session, as he looks at a slide. While I shot a typical head and shoulders image, it was key to show Dan in his element and so we went for laboratory-based environmental portraits.
For this shot, I used a 50mm f1.8 lens, a little bit of flash (bounced behind me so as not to overwhelm the natural light). Technically, it was straightforward - the key was to frame Dan in the environment.
I'll be featuring more portraits of the wonderful people who treat and fight cancer in future blogs.
Please do visit Orchid's website to find outmore about the great work they do.
Next time, I'll be discussing my favourite shot of a London icon - Big Ben.
Thank you as always for reading.