Sound recording, work flow, and kit analysis on expedition to Antarctica and the 5 deepest points on the planet

The last couple of jobs have been filming expeditions, that have required me to cover the sound of many people (not necessarily in the same room), unassisted, with multiple cameras, and multi-disciplines, at times I’ve had to go off and fly the drone and cover publicity stills whilst the filming is happening.

Audio Limited’s latest A10 digital radio mics were a vital component in my sound strategy on a 2 month expedition in Antarctica earlier this year, and my current expedition recording sound at the very deepest points on Earth for ‘5 Deeps’  also know as ‘Deep Ocean Challenge’.

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Antarctic Adventure 2019 Recording sound, stills photography and flying the drone for upcoming documentary

I’ve just returned from filming the Weddell Sea Expedition covering the first 2 months of this year in Antarctica. The WSE was on 2 missions, to carry out scientific work in the Larsson C area of the Weddell Sea and to search for Shackleton’s ship Endurance that sunk in the Weddell Sea in 1915. If you aren’t familiar with the story it’s worth reading about, as it really was an epic achievement of the failed expedition to stay alive and get to safety.

We were the first visitors to the famous break away giant iceberg A68, but got chased away eventually by a build up of ice floe. The science in this area sampled the ice, water, looked at the phytoplankton and diatoms, salinity, temperature and flow, mud samples, seabed biology, and mapped not only sea floor but for the first time underneath sea ice. As with all new technology

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5 Deeps Expedition: Deep Planet- Sound, Stills and Drone

For the next year I will be working on this film for Discovery. We will be travelling to every ocean to film a record breaking attempt to go to the deepest point in each of the 5 oceans. We should come across some pretty cool creatures too.

Here is the teaser we filmed in August in the Bahamas. I did the drone shots on the Inspire 2 with the X5S camera. (I have just taken delivery of the X7 camera and will report back on the test shots.)

Sound has been captured often on this job purely on the new Audio Limited digital A10 radio mics. These fantastic radio mics allow me to capture sound in the submersible, even when it is at the bottom of the ocean.

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Somerset Art Weeks 2018

I have created ‘Extraordinary, Ordinary, People’ with the images I took whilst out in Liberia and Sierra Leone in 2014/15 celebrating the front line workers / healthcare workers during the Ebola crisis.

I have put together portraits with personal stories and articles. In the back ground there are 4 large cloths printed up in black and white illustrating the grim reality of their day to day lives. In the foreground, in colour, is a 1m/1m  print of 100 portraits of everyone who worked in the ELWA 2 Ebola Treatment Unit, ETU, in Monrovia, from the security guard to surgeon Dr Jerry Brown who started the ETU. Included on this sheet are 3 people who also had full-page portraits published in Time Magazine in December 2014 ‘Person of the Year’, The Ebola Fighters, edition.

Alongside the portraits are images and text that

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Andrew James oil portrait painting workshop

In July I was invited to take some pictures at the Andrew James workshop in Batcombe.

Most of the artists regularly attend painting workshops and Andrew James has a long waiting list. For some it was their first time using oils, for everyone it was a successful workshop.

Here is a short photographic film of their work and the atmosphere in the workshop.

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BURNING MAN

News has come through that I will be off to BM19 to complete a photo-story that I have been working on in collaboration with designer maker Richard La Trobe-Bateman and seasoned 'burner' Kurt Westerlund.

At Kurt's invitation Richard has designed the 'Gap' bridge, an exciting design that gives the user not only a physical experience of crossing, but, due to a gap at the top, a metaphorical one too.

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