GrowZone Press Shoot

Overview

I was contracted by the Northwich BID to help capture images for their application to Britain in Bloom. The task was to putt together a portfolio to showcase the towns green spaces.

GrowZone was the main, and most aesthetic, place that I shot. It’s a community garden hidden away on the outskirts of the town centre. Providing a sanctuary for students and educators alike, it’s a haven for british flora & fauna.

To the right is Andy, the manager of GrowZone. Andy ensures that the space is managed well by all who use it, and makes incredible use of the limited resources provided to him by the council.

Pizza nights, ID workshops, nature walks, woodwork courses, painting and anything else that’s cheap, creative and gives back to the local environment are all things that make his list.

I hope to go back and make a short film about the space in the near future.

Skills

  • Photography
  • Editing

Gear

  • 1Dx mkii
  • 16-35mm f/2.8 L & 70-200 f/2.8 L
  • Sun Cream

Challenges & Solutions

The primary technical challenge on this shoot was the timing. The only time I was able to shoot at GrowZone was midday. High-noon obviously doesn’t provide the best lighting for photos. To counter this, I tride to ensure that my subjects were completely in the shade, or in a pose that complimented them in the high sun.

Logistically, the place was still running. This meant fitting in around everyone’s work days and education. Obtaining permission, photographing people and making sure they’re not a vulnerable adult unable to give consent was difficult, but entertaining.

I really enjoy building a rapport with my subject before photographing them, as I feel it helps to relax the subject.

All-in-all, the day was successful. Not only did we get some good images for the portfolio, they were also picked up and published in the local newspaper.

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