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Another commission for The Times

I was just heading home from a day in the studio when my old employer The Times Picture Desk called asking if I could do a job immediately in Louth, a town about 15 miles away. Just one problem, no details yet of who, where and when and the picture was for the next day’s edition. Parked up in Louth and rang the desk back to find out who was my subject. The story was about the Archbishop of Canterbury’s realisation that the Church of England had a financial interest in the payday loan firm Wonga. The person I was to photograph helped establish a church-backed community bank but now couldn’t be contacted. The desk told me “The person is called Peta Hill”. “I know Peta Hill” I replied. “You are kidding!” came the reply. I found the desk’s astonishment quite funny. The idea of knowing a seemingly random member of the public is a bit strange to Londoners but having been a Lincolnshire photographer for many years now it’s perfectly normal. Peta was my daughter’s teaching assistant for many years in the village primary school and her daughter used to babysit for us. A couple of calls and she delayed her weekend trip away to pose. I had just left much of my lighting in the studio so was working with very little gear. The shot used was a Speedlite fired remotely through a translucent brolly set to match the projected light on the wall from a stained glass window. Peta had to stand on a chair for it to work. It helps to know people…..

 

 

Family Holiday Association

 

For some years now I have worked with a wonderful charity called The Family Holiday Association. The FHA provides much needed short breaks in the UK for disadvantaged families affected by hardship made worse by the likes of illness, disability or bereavement. Often the children experience the sand under their feet and view the sea for the very first time when I photograph them on Skegness beach. For those who helped me raise £1000 in sponsorship when running the Malta Half Marathon, this is where your kind donation went. Below is a selection of photographs I have taken of families enjoying their week away. Facebook members can find a slightly different version here: http://www.facebook.com/michaelpowellphotographer

 

 

The Red Arrows

Many of us are familiar with the RAF Red Arrows Display Team in their matching red flying suits but here they are dressed in their more formal attire. The Sunday Times commissioned me and used this yesterday as English shoe manufacturer Grenson have designed and supplied unique footwear for the team incorporating two red Hawks in the sole. The shot used by the Sunday Times was of the team stood by a Hawk and sat on wings. I rather like the one below. While I was getting into position I noticed how they were standing and managed to keep them like that before they formed a tidy line. The shot of them below this is them practising over RAF Scampton in Lincs. As a Lincolnshire photographer it was taken close to my home and they are a regular sight and sound here. Below that is another Sunday Times job, the first female pilot in the Reds, Kirsty Moore. Finally, for the sheer hell of it the last shot is of me having a ride in a Hawk whilst photographing RAF Tornadoes some years ago courtesy of No 100 Squadron at RAF Leeming.

 

©copyright Michael Powell

©copyright Michael Powell

©copyright Michael Powell

©copyright Michael Powell