Two days spent on Centrica’s gas rig in Morecambe Bay resulted in a huge library of images of which this was one. Holding a recently-renewed Further Offshore Emergency Training certificate as well as the standard BOSIET (both OPITO-approved) meant the logistics of gaining access to this remote location were simpler for everyone concerned.
Tweaking the angle of a shot to get the light and shadow just right is all in a day’s work. At this offshore wind farm near Grimsby it meant enlisting the help of a cooperative skipper to nudge the boat a little to the left, then the right. Having a Basic Wind Energy Working at Height and Climbing accreditation was an essential prerequisite even to enter the wind turbine environment.
‘Teamwork,’ was the theme the client hoped to capture when it commissioned this shot of a busy construction site. Having a CSCS (Construction Skills Certification Scheme) card was required to gain access to the location, where workmen were laying electricity cables below ground. Getting close enough to catch the dynamic communication between everyone involved meant playing a role in the team: silent enough not to draw focus, visible enough to ensure the safety of all.
Every factory has its own safety induction programme. It helps, though, to have years of experience shooting in and around active production lines in busy facilities throughout the UK and beyond. Being well versed in factory culture, particularly when it comes to safety, makes it easier to get straight to the point of a photo, which in this case involved capturing the delicate scrutiny applied to every aspect of Rexam’s production line.