Documentary photography

I have recently begun the process of refreshing my portfolio for the commercial services I offer.

This represents a fresh focus on working almost exclusively in the documentary style of reportage photography in order to tell the story of an organisation or event in a much broader context than most corporate photography styles can offer.

These pages will be rewritten and updated once I’ve completed some new photography sessions, but for now I present the following samples to provide an idea of the way I work.

Portrait of Pipe Major Gordon Walker playing the pipesPiping Live! festival – 10th anniversary

Once a year in August, Glasgow is taken over by the Piping Live! fetival in the lead up to The Worlds pipe band competition.

For the 10th aniversary of the festival I worked through the week to capture both the expected photographs alongside the casual and detail aspects in order to tell the story of the festival as a whole.

Browse the story of the Piping Live! festival here.



Portrait of Ryan Quigley playing his trumpetBrass Jaw concert, City Halls, Glasgow

The four piece jazz horn group, Brass Jaw, are a lively (and loud) band to photograph.

With plenty of on stage action, the expected highlight photographs are relatively simple to capture while working from the point they arrived at the venue until they were leaving again provided much more of a story to cover the entire event.

Browse the story of the Brass Jaw concert here.



NASA International Space Apps Challenge – Glasgow

In early 2016 I was begining to experiment with both video and audio to compliment my photography and combined all three in order to create a short review video of the event that takes place annually in Glasgow.

While I will be working predominantly with photography, I will be looking to bring short video clips into use when it makes sense to do so along with capturing background audio and short interview audio clips to thread through future videos of photo sequences.

Watch the story of the event and listen to some of the participants talking about the projects they were working on. Small warning – this was captured after many had barely slept for two days!