As a portrait photographer making sure that I am able to photograph people safely through the Covid-19 Pandemic has been an incredibly important part of my job. It’s one that I have taken incredibly seriously from the start. Luckily nowhere could have been more clean and strict than the Covid-Green clear ward where I met Dr Rachel Clarke to photograph her for The Sunday Times Magazine.
The Horton General Hospital in Oxford had kindly allowed us into an intensive care recovery ward that was empty that day. Wearing our full P.P.E I set up and photographed Rachel in multiple setups and a pop-up studio, we talked about the state of the NHS, the effect Covid-19 had on our respective careers but also the long-term effects on society as a whole, we also covered photoshop and how uncool kids think their parents are!
One of the more serious topics we chatted about was the impact of social media as Rachel (Dr Rachel Clarke on Twitter) has gained quite the following on Twitter, sadly with that following also come a lot of unfair personal attacks. Since my chats with Rachel, I actually decided to leave Twitter and Facebook to concentrate solely on Instagram as my only social media profile, it’s been surprisingly freeing so thank you, Rachel.
When I arrived in the room to get set u the sun was beaming through and was playing havoc with the fighting as it vanished behinds the clouds before appearing again a few seconds later. There are always challenges when you shoot in unfamiliar locations or places that you are unable to scout beforehand, luckily years of experience means my kit bag is full of cloth, scrims, flags and other bits to be able to create pop up studios and control the light in most situations.
The shoot was for The Sunday Times Magazine, thank you to Russ as always, to Rachel for being great company and to George for kindly helping to facilitate the location.
Here are some images from the shoot of Rachel in the recovery ward. To see more of my portrait work please click here.
And here is how the opening of the feature with Rachel Clarke looked when it was printed.