Museum Photography in Yorkshire
I worked as a Yorkshire based press photographer for many years. Part of that job was Museum Photography in Yorkshire, typically of new exhibitions or artefacts on display. It was an amazing privilege for someone like me who loves learning about history.
I remember at my first job, as Trainee Press Photographer for Yorkshire Regional Newspapers, going to Whitby Museum and being able to tentatively handle and view The Abbot’s Book. A book that was started in 1160. I remember feeling so excited. When new exhibitions and displays are opened often there will be press previews where we got a sneak peek. One of the advantages of working as a journalist in the North of England is it is a relatively small pool. All the journalists knew each other and often the print people would be good friends with the TV people so it was always nice to catch up at these events.
Behind the Scenes in the Museum
Museum Photography can involve PR shoots for features, launches and events. One of the other aspects is photographing the exhibits on display. This sometimes gives you opportunity to actual handle the things your photographing. An Iron Age gold Torc is an amazing thing to hold in your hands. It seems to embody power somehow. Part of this is the weight and feeling of cold solidity.
Whilst working for the National Civil War Centre I have photographed Roman jewellery, coins, Sir Thomas Fairfax’s wheelchair, incredible finds from the civil war including weapons and armour, many documents. Whilst photographing at the Captain Cook Museum, in Whitby, I captured images of Joseph Banks’ personal effects from his circumnavigation with Captain Cook.
The tourism and heritage sectors are interesting places for the photographer to work. Often you simply cover an event by walking round and capturing the action. Sometimes it’s easier to just have the subject and yourself there to do the PR shots required with no distractions. Shoots for the Forestry Commission always seemed to be half way up a hillside in the back of beyond. Clients like the Canal and River Trust have led me to the most fabulous canal restoration projects such as the Pocklington Canal. See Images Below.
One of the perks of being a freelance photographer is the variety of commissions one can receive. In truth a shoot for a National Parks or The Land Trust may have all the same challenges and variables as a shoot for Co-op or Yorkshire Bank, but each job and each have challanges that add flavour.
If you are interested in commissioning Doug Jackson Photography to photograph your charity, museum, event or PR launch then please get in touch for a chat.