Through the Lens: Flash mobs and spring chicks are all in a day’s work for our photographers

Through the lens

Through the lens - Credit: Archant

FOR press photographers, sensitivity and understanding are key to securing the right shot, as Su Anderson explains.

A group of women and some men joined together to perform a dance at the Ipswich waterfront on Thursd

A group of women and some men joined together to perform a dance at the Ipswich waterfront on Thursday, 14 February as part of the global One Billion Rising movement that invited people to dance for the end of violence against women. - Credit: Archant

This week she visited residents at Sidegate Lane Nursing Home who are taking part in a scheme where they are hatching chicks and interacting with them.

Leeanna Fountain is a carer at the home and has taken on double duty playing mum to the chicks.

Su said: “The home will have the chicks for a few more weeks and then Leeanna will take them home and raise them in the enclosure her husband has built- it will be their first time having chickens.” Realising that not all the residents would feel comfortable being photographed, Su had to handlle the situation with care so as not to upset anyone but still managed to get a cracking shot.

“Some of the residents have responded very well to the chicks including April, who let the home’s manager place the chicks on her for a photo.”


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Su added: “Treat photographing in a nursing home as you would a school. Always ask staff if the person is allowed to be photographed.” Everyday is a learnign curve when you are out in the field shooting. Su said: “This week I got a sneak peek inside Colchester Castle, which has been completely gutted for a renovation project. It was nice to be able to see the castle interiors as they are normally hidden behind exhibits hiding all the character.

“The castle has been closed to transform the museum. And we saw features like windows and fireplaces that could fit five people and also a small crypt, which was discovered when the work began.

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“I also got a bit of a history lesson from the man who will be in charge the museum when it reopens and learned that the herringbone bricks on the first floor of the main hall were from Roman structures and repurposed by the Normans.”

She added: “he castle had no lighting except for sparsely placed lamps so I had to use a combination of slow shutter speed, high ISO and flash in order to capture most of my images.”

On a more energetic note, Su recently photographed a flashmob in Ipswich.

“A group of women and some men joined together to perform a dance at the Ipswich Waterfront as part of the global One Billion Rising movement that invited people to dance for the end of violence against women.

“The group started their dance outside a café on the Waterfront where they had speakers set up. When they finished their dance, holding for a moment with their finger pointed upwards symbolically to make a one, the group then ran up to the Question Mark sculpture outside University Campus Suffolk.

“They performed the dance again this time without the benefit of music, which couldn’t be heard from the café. The group then danced again at the entrance to UCS before heading into town to dance at the Giles Statue.”

Her tip for those trying to capture similar performances: “These kinds of performance events usually aren’t repeated multiple times so if you’re photographing one, make sure you get as many shots as in you can before the dance is over.”

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