From all the images I reviewed this week, one definitely made me stop and this is usually the moment when I realize this might be the image of the week. It’s called Male carer pushing woman in wheelchair and it’s been uploaded by Peter t.
He uploaded more and I had to reject several pictures for Trademark issues. I sent him a short message about the need to remove the brand names. I am a contributor myself and I know how it feels to have images rejected, after spending valuable time with uploading and keyword-ing. But Peter t answered politely asking for more information. Then I realized what stood behind the image of the week: good manners, a different attitude and a will to do things better!
He has been a photographer since leaving college, working in Fleet Street for many years and has been concentrating on producing stock images for the last ten years. His library extends beyond 40,000 images.
But let’s see the way he describes this image:
The plan was to shoot the female model sitting in a wheelchair, alone and looking out into empty space. It was shot on a hilltop within parkland in Hampshire England.
Planning the shoot was easy for me, the male model, a friend and chairman of a charity which loans and supplies equipment for disabled people wanted some images for a brochure. These were shot , and in exchange he loaned the wheelchair for the shoot.
The female model, Susan Parks, and I have worked together for many years and she knows just what I am thinking setting up a shot (must be woman’s instinct)! Best model in the world!
Arriving at the location the shoot plan started to change, for the good. Spotting a ‘disabled’ only car parking space was too good an opportunity to miss. We were able to shoot the model erecting the wheelchair from the boot of the car, then with the disabled markings on the ground, disabled markings without model were taken also. A few shots in the can already.
Male model then starts to push wheelchair to the designated site, it was uphill and quite a climb. Another opportunity for some shots, man exhausted pushing woman in wheelchair were soon obtained, oh joy! The shot that we had struggled up this steep hill went without a hitch, I used a low camera angle to keep the ‘empty space’ feel.
Swapping the model’s roles, shots of the female model, now a carer, pushing the man in wheelchair were also obtained.
We had some fun, took lots of pix and had a great day, that is just what it is all about, enjoying your photography and earning a living at the same time.
What’s so great about this picture?
- It is a great lesson about what means to live with disabilities and even with people with disabilities.
- It uses an unusual angle, letting our imagination free to read a life story. The faces are not really visible letting more space to the feelings, just perfect for this kind of topic.
- The background gives us a feeling of serenity and hope but it speaks also about the loneliness of the disabled persons and about their dreams and their aspirations.
- It’s simple and natural. The models don’t seem to pose at all!
- It really makes you stop and think too!
- It has copy space in order to allow adverts or inspirational quotes.
How could we use it?
- Adverts for professional medical services dedicated to people with disabilities.
- Inspirational posters about marriage, suffering, illness, determination, unity and not only…
- The very image of a campaign for a charitable project or a foundation where more volunteers are needed.
- Outdoor billboard advert for health and life insurance.
- Cover book for publishing useful information about care-giving.