Monthly Archives: March 2016

#challengenaturephotography

I have been nominated by a colleague on Facebook under the #challengenaturephotography hashtag to post a natural landscape photo each day for seven days, nominating other photographers as I go. I would rather keep hold of my photographs rather than post them freely on FB so I am selecting all seven here and will post a link to each one as I go.

Each picture can be clicked to see the full-size version.

So I start with Tarn Hows in the Lake District, this one taken in 2013. A beautiful, peaceful lake, we walked around it (took about an hour) and we were blessed with a very sunny day with some gorgeous clouds. It also gave me an opportunity to use a new wide-angle lens to which I had treated myself.

Tarn in the Lake District

Tarn in the Lake District

 

The second photography comes from a trip to Australia in 2008. This is taken in Tinaroo, Queensland and these are Hoop Pine trees set against an wonderful sky in early evening. I loved the sunlight on the clouds in the sky, loved the colour and movement.

Sky in Tinaroo, Queensland.

 

The third is a view down a river, still in Queensland. We were told that this was probably populated by crocodiles and all sorts of other animals that you really don’t want to meet, especially under water. Hot, humid and tropical. Looks beautiful and peaceful but I wouldn’t go paddling in it…

Crocodile river, Queensland

Crocodile river, Queensland

 

Coming back to the UK for photograph four: this is taken across the Vale of Evesham at dusk and there was a beautiful mist settling into the valley. This was a tricky shot – I wanted to hold the colour in the sky but the light was fading fast in the foreground so I had to get the exposure very accurate to hold all the detail. I love the pastel colours going into the distance and the alternating slopes.

Mist in the Vale of Evesham

Mist in the Vale of Evesham

 

From a misty Cotswold scene to a sun-baked view in Catalonia, northern Spain. We were walking around a cliff path and came across this pair of boats that just looked like a couple of toys that you’d float in a bath. The water really was that colour and crystal-clear. Unfortunately it was also about a hundred feet below us, so rather inaccessible.

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Back to the Lake District for photograph six: this is the Hardknott Pass, a winding road that never seems to end, passing through some of the most beautiful countryside in England. We were on our way to Scafell Pike and the road was alternately exhilarating and terrifying, with some seriously steep turns. The (auto) gearbox on the car never really recovered from it…

Hardknott Pass, Copeland

Hardknott Pass, Copeland

 

Finally, the seventh photograph has to be a sunset. This was taken in 2011 on the west coast (obviously!) of France, the Corniche Vendée. I waited for a while for this shot once I saw the sun going down and the cloud formation. The seagull appeared at just the right moment.

Cornishe Vendée sunset

Corniche Vendée sunset

 

Hope you enjoyed the pictures and thank you, Carol, for the nomination.

 

Norman K Harrison

Norman K. Harrison

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Norman Kingsley Harrison (photo undated)

Continuing the theme of notable names in the profession of medical photography, this piece is about Norman Kingsley Harrison and I am indebted once again to Ray Lunnon for his assistance.

Originally, Norman Harrison was a Press Photographer in London. The photograph (above) was probably taken during his time in this role and some readers may be able to identify the camera he is holding. During the Second World War he worked in the City and it is believed that he was sent to St Bartholomew’s Hospital to record either bomb damage, public hospital activities or, possibly, injuries sustained during the Blitz. After the end of the war he was invited to form, or take charge of, the Medical Photographic Department there, which was a new venture by the hospital.

Norman went on to be a stalwart in the foundation of the new medical photographic establishment, being involved in the very early days of both the Royal Photographic Society Medical Group and the Medical Committee of the (then) Institute of British Photographers. In 1951 he became involved in the establishment of the London School of Medical Photography and, from its inception, was Honorary Secretary until his retirement.

One of Norman’s greatest contribution to medical photography was in acting as the profession’s ‘publicity agent’. For many years he reported extensively in the British Journal of Photography on the various activities of groups, departments, individuals, equipment and new technical developments. He also wrote about the activities of various meetings and conferences in his regular column entitled ‘Mediphote’ – a publication which could be read nationwide promoting the ethos of this new profession.

Norman Harrison died, aged 79, at his home in Clacton-on-Sea in August 1971. The following year, what was then the Institute of Medical & Biological Illustration (IMBI), now the Institute of Medical Illustrators (IMI), initiated the Norman K Harrison medal. This is an award given by the Institute’s Chairman to someone of his or her choice and is generally given to acknowledge an outstanding contribution to the profession as a whole or to that Chairman in particular, or for a specific endeavour. The first recipient was the late Julie Dorrington and the award was given by Gabriel Donald. The full list of Harrison recipients can be found on the IMI site.

I was honoured to receive this award in 2002 from Carol Fleming and the medal is shown here.

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The Norman K Harrison medal