Getting onto RWE npower’s roster involves more than freshening up the portfolio, with comprehensive safety accreditation and experience in high-pressure industrial environments being critical factors in the decision-making process. Charlie’s first assignment for his new client was to photograph a brand new gas-fired power station at Staythorpe, Nottinghamshire. It’s rare to be granted an insight into the work of a facility at the beginning of its working life, and a busy day’s shooting included iconic images of Staythorpe’s space-age buildings and pristine interiors. His portraits of personnel in context convey assuredness and authority at the helm of RWE npower’s latest installation.
Sometimes, an assignment starts out in familiar territory before taking a left turn that offers unexpected rewards. Asked by Natures Way Foods (NWF) to chart the journey taken by fresh fruit and veg ‘from field to fork’, Charlie headed to Chichester for some fresh air and first-hand experience of modern agribusiness in action. The assignment involved photographing the sort of high-tech environments to which he is accustomed, though there’s something uniquely satisfying about capturing what happens when your five-a-day meets the might of modern food processing technology. Better still was the opportunity to record the reactions of local schoolchildren who, as part of NWF’s thriving CSR programme, are regularly invited to follow their food on its high-speed trip from the great outdoors to the supermarket shelves. If only school trips had been this much fun in our day!