The Forestry Commision and the Devil
Over the last few years I have done many shoots for the Forestry Commission and with the current round of cuts on spending inevitably, and sadly, PR budgets will be lost. I was thinking about this the other day as I really enjoy doing these sort of jobs. For me environmental portraits are always far more interesting than studio work. That is why I used to love working as a press photographer. At my time at the Northern Echo newspaper I primarily did only environmental portraits in addition to sport, hard news and court snatches (which I detested with a passion I normally only reserve for the traffic wardens and golf).
SEssentially the pictures were used to accompany press releases and other internal/ external PR uses.
o I thought, as it may well be a thing of the past, I'd have a root around into the files and pull out some of the shots from the last twelve month and do a little strobist style commentary on how and why.
Devilish work in Hamsterley Forest
The Forestry Commission has linked up with the acclaimed Wear Valley-based Jackass Youth Theatre and Jack Drum Arts to create a chilling Halloween evening in the 2,000 hectare (5,000 acre) woodland, near Bishop Auckland, on Sunday 30 October 2011.
Hamsterley forest pic: Paddy Burton of Jack Drum Arts takes on the role of the Devil to narrate a ghostly Halloween walk in Hamsterley Forest for the annual ghost walks. Pic Doug Jackson
A NEW Forestry Commission chief has been appointed for Cheshire. Keith Jones, aged 58, has taken up the role of regional director for north west England and the West Midlands.
These shots were done at Whinlatter in the Lakes.
Christmas Tree from Hamsterley Forest
A top rower has set course to help shape County Durham’s spectacular woods and he plans to start by spreading Christmas cheer!
Mark Child, 25, has been appointed Forestry Commission forester for beauty spots including Hamsterley Forest, near Bishop Auckland, Chopwell Wood, Gateshead, and Slaley Forest, near Hexham.
Now he’s getting ready to oversee Christmas tree sales for the first time in 2,000 hectare (5,000 acre) Hamsterley Forest which begin on 1 December, 10am to 4pm. He said:
“It’s a really busy time of year and I’m fully away that a visit to the forest to pick up a Christmas tree is a long family tradition locally so I’d better be on my mettle!”
A gravity defying 12-year-old from Stockton struts his stuff at the 8th Guisborough Forest Festival on Sunday.
Ignoring BMX and mountain bikes, Cameron Peacock, a pupil at Bishopsgarth School, opted to shed a wheel and pestered his parents instead to buy him a unicycle for his birthday.
“If you can ride for a metre without falling off by the end of the night we’ll think about it,” said a sceptical dad, who took him for a taster session at the JUST unicycle club in Stockton.
Usually when you do a shoot like this you have a vague plan in you mind. Something like 1) a couple of long lens pics - unicycling down a long path 2) a close up fish-eye shot - perhaps silhouetted against some trees....blah blah
The good thing about this one was Cameron was the one with the suggestions. He just doing more and more crazy things so the shoot was very easy for me....
Andrew McDermott, 23, has been appointed as a project officer at YORWOODS – a North Yorkshire based forest initiative – tasked with the job of getting more landowners to sign up for a groundbreaking Forestry Commission grant scheme.
I hope you found some of these examples of interest and feel free to leave a comment or two about the photography or just your thoughts on the state of PR in the recession.
For more samples of my work take a stroll around Doug Jackson Photography
Also have a look at my recent Industrial Photography Blog Post
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