Cleaning up in Barnsley
Often my work as a PR and Commercial photographer happens out of usual working hours. I was recently asked to shoot some of the cleaning staff at Barnsley Town Hall and Dodworth Primary School. This was for Barnsley Norse LTD by way of Hydrogen Publicity and of course cleaning happens in the evening. Every business has its specialisms and capturing then in the best manner is the key to promoting your business. I see amazing businesses all the time whose websites are let down by poor imagery or video content. Its odd that there will be people in that company checking for spelling errors in content and yet blurry or dark photographs seem to pass muster.
Barnsley town hall is an incredible building built in the early 1930’s. Huge and rather Soviet in its stature. George Orwell famously criticised the sheer decadence of the construction in his book The Road to Wigan Pier. He seemed to think the money would have better spent on improving local miners housing. All large municipal buildings feel strange and a bit spooky when void of people. Barnsley Town Hall is no exception.
All the cleaning staff I photographed were absolutely lovely and understood that I had a job to do. My technique for shoots like this is generally to have a bit of a chat with the person your photographing first. It’s always good to introduce yourself, ask them about themselves and their work. I often ask politely if they are wearing all the required PPE. In my career as a freelance photographer I have become critically aware that people can face disciplinary action if they are seen without the right gear on. I always check for two very good reasons; Firstly, I don’t want to get anyone into hot water. Secondly, I want the photographs to be usable.
After a little chat I find part of the room to ‘clean’ that is right for the photo. It’s finally important to give the client a good selection of wides and uprights. Where the job allows, I often try and do a couple of big wide shots in case they are needed as a background on a double spread or a webpage. For further sample see Barnsley Page.
Thanks for stopping by.