The last blade placed..hooks turned away..prepare for sea..back to home port.
After 14 months working on the same project I'm wondering how the time passed so quickly, time passes quickly when you are busy. Recording a project as it progresses you never quite see the end coming, each shoot is a familiar but a subtle change from the last.
Progress photography is often viewed as a record of fact-part of the contract-an unnecessary expense..something to show site visitors..put into a draw and forget about..WRONG!
Progress imagery is a tool for your shareholder and stakeholders, it keeps your project and business in the news and on social media streams, it engages and maintains your company profile in the market place..keeps people interested..influences perceptions..shows what you ARE doing. to just what you have done.
Don't just think that progress photography is for site use..with the right images it's content for your annual report, exhibitions and marketing and social feeds. The 'we have no budget' is the statement of now and when imagery is needed some time down the road you cannot go back..you missed the opportunity for the big lift, the float out, the pour...how many times have you asked 'have we got some images of..from that project...' too late time has passed and you missed it.
Marking the completion of the Blyth Offshore Demonstrator Wind Project EDF Energies Nouvelle CEO Antoine Cahuzac presented to a group of French and international syndicated media, describing the industry firsts and innovations used in the project.
During an informal session he was able to use the display of over 50 printed images to visualise the technical aspects of this project, but also talk about how EDF were going to develop the technologies on future projects in planning.
I'm thinking the message I am coming too is that 'we hqve no budget' doesn't cut it. The resource of image content produced has been used worldwide to share the future facing aspirations, share the learned knowledge and consolidate an ethos in renewable power generation.
If you want to lead from the front..not having quality imagery to share reduces the ability to tell your story, and when you do..it gets used in so many more ways.
For this project the following training was undertaken:
OPITO Combined BOSIET, Sea Survival, HUET, MIST,Norwegian Chute.
GWO RUK Working/Rescue from Height, Sea Survival, Boat Transfer Wind Turbine.