I have been making a fuss on here recently about the architectural and property photography services I offer. It is time, therefore, to point out that I cover a wide range of other types of photography too, and in fact am a bit of a dab hand at photographing people; capturing those instants that reveal character or the meaning of the moment when the image was shot.
Taken a few months ago, this is an informal photograph of my then local MP, Mr Jonathan Reynolds. The image was one of many taken during the ceremonial commissioning of new manufacturing equipment at the premises of the well-known carton and packaging maker, Smurfit Kappa.
Smurfit Kappa, based on the banks of the River Tame in Stalybridge, is a leading producer of those cardboard containers-cum-display boxes which are used for transporting goods and then presenting them for sale in shops and supermarkets. Smurfit Kappa products are ubiquitous: we all see scores of them everyday, proffering crisps, chocolate bars, drinks and more, without giving a thought to where they came from.
Mr Reynolds was invited to conduct the opening ceremony for the new machine because of this role as a local dignitary, but he has other interests in what was happening here because, amongst his other roles, he is Vice-Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Manufacturing Group and Shadow Minister for Energy and Climate Change. It was no surprise, then, to see that not only was Mr Reynolds delighted to see an extension to an already substantial manufacturing plant in his constituency, he was also keen to hear about the greater efficiency the new equipment would offer and about its impact on sustainability.