Forestry England. Future Forest Photography

Forestry England celebrate centenary with Future Forest art installation

Future Forest Photography

As part of its centenary celebrations, Forestry England and Thetford High Lodge collaborated with two renowned artists,  Tom Piper MBE and Lisa Wright created a surreal series of life size sculptures that were displayed displayed for a full year in the fabulous Forest setting of Thetford Forest.  The custodians of the forest, proudly posed for visitors at High Lodge, Thetford, from September 2019 – September 2020, illustrate the vital role that trees and woodlands play in safeguarding the future of our planet. The youthful sculptures took the form of characters from Classical literature. At Blanc Creative, we’ve been working with the Forestry England Team for over six years, primarily working together to document the Forest Live Concerts with their Professional Music Photography, Creative Video Production and Licensed Drone Filming. Lee Blanchflower, founder of Blanc Creative was approached by Forestry England, with the chance to produce both Future Forest Photography and a series of six Creative Video Productions that would be used as a Legacy Product to digitally create a historical overview of the art installations. The reasoning behind the films were explained by the Director of Forestry England’s Centenary programme;

 “This sculpture trail will stop visitors to Thetford Forest in their tracks, both for the beauty of the figures and the drama the installations bring to the landscape. Amid the climate crisis, England’s trees and woodlands have never been so important for people and nature. As our centenary year draws to a close, we want people to pause and consider their role as custodians of our forests, protecting and enhancing them for the next 100 years.”

 

Forestry England Promotional Photography Norfolk

Forestry England Promotional Photography Norfolk

Forestry England Promotional Photography Norfolk

Forestry England Promotional Photography Norfolk

The Future Forest sculptures were made from bio resins, a greener alternative to traditional plastics due to their high level of plant-based content and the lower level of toxic emissions generated during their production. Taking the form of characters from Classical literature, the custodians embody the spirit of endurance. Something that is classical was created in the past, has survived into the present, and has enough value to endure into the future. This spirit of endurance is something that the forest shares. It too was created in the past, yet is still relevant today. This relevance will only increase as we move into the future: with each day that passes, the role that trees and woodlands play in safeguarding the future of our planet becomes ever more vital.”

The custodians were displayed in a series of structures designed by Tom Piper, who is best known for his installation of almost a million ceramic poppies at the Tower of London in 2014. Each structure was grown out of a different forest landscape – a majestic natural avenue, a ghostly clearing amidst a swathe of dead trees and a forest edge looking out onto a dramatic expanse of open land… Selecting the different landscapes was a difficult process. Artist Tom Piper spoke about the project;

 

“Our initial site visit to Thetford, on a stunning snowy day, showed the vast range of possible locations in which we could work and the great variety of atmospheres within the forest…. Each location has a very different feel but I hope as a whole they will create a coherent journey. Sometimes they are quoting the more formal relationship of statuary seen at the end of long avenues, and at other moments allowing the surprise encounter at close quarters with a figure in a clearing.”

 

Each individual element of this project was designed to raise awareness of the fact that resilient though they are, the forests of the future will not be able to survive and prosper unless they are sustainably managed: the responsibility for ensuring that this happens will be carried forward by future generations. In the one hundred years since the founding of the Forestry Commission, now Forestry England,  after the First World War, the UK’s forests have grown and prospered. Today Forestry England manages over 1,500 woodlands and forests spread over approximately 250,000 hectares – these range from Northumberland to Cornwall, Shropshire to Norfolk.

FORESTRY ENGLAND – FOREST VENUS

The starting point of our Future Forest Photography and the beginning of the trail itself. Forest Venus is based on the most famous ancient Greek sculpture the Venus de Milo. It stands in a shelter similar to the dens that many visitors to the forest create while exploring.

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FOREST ENGLAND – CUPID & HYMEN

This piece celebrates High Lodge’s history of rabbit farming which was essential to the surrounding economy until the early 20th century.

Norfolk Commercial Photographer

Norfolk Commercial Photographer

Norfolk Commercial Photographer

FORESTRY ENGLAND  – THE THREE GRACES

These figures peer out of planks which form a structure highlighting climate change.

Norfolk Commercial Photographer

Norfolk Commercial Photographer

Norfolk Commercial Photographer

FORESTRY ENGLAND – MARATHON BOY

Based on ancient Greek sculpture it is placed in a small clearing caused by the disease needle blight.

Norwich Professional Photography

Norwich Professional Photography

Forestry England Commercial Photography

CLOUD VENUS

Overlooking an area of recent tree felling it depicts the Greek goddess of love, Aphrodite.

Forestry England Commercial Photography

Forestry England Commercial Photography

Norwich Professional Photography

DAVID & DAPHNE

Inspired by David and Goliath and the story of Apollo and Daphne it explores the theme of securing the forest’s future.

Forestry England Commercial Photography

Forestry England Commercial Photography

Forestry England Commercial Photography

 

To find out more about the artists behind the Future Forest Project, why not visit the Lisa Wright or Tom Piper Websites

PR Video – Garon Building Services

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Garon commission PR video to launch new commercial construction project in Norfolk

Garon Building Services have commenced work on their latest Norfolk commercial construction project as a forty-four week, five phase project starts at Great Yarmouth’s Millwood Doctor’s Surgery and Pharmacy. Meeting the needs of an increasing numbers of patients, Garon were have successful in bidding for the work that will see a large extension being built onto the existing surgery and an increase in the size of the Pharmacy at the Bradwell Surgery. Garon commissioned a short Blanc Creative PR Video to accompany the start of the project, shooting and editing the project in under twenty four hours. The Norfolk based construction business who operate commercially throughout East Anglia have harnessed the huge trend towards video marketing, with their second PRE Video showcasing the business. It’s a well known fact that video is the most engaging form of marketing for any business who has a presence online. PR Video is now an essential part of the marketing toolkit. It showcases your business, demonstrates your products or services and helps spread your news, creating a buzz that gets the industry talking. Simply put, video helps convert more visitors into customers. We can shoot PR video for every size of business or brand offering packages from concept to delivery. We have a great creative team based in Norwich, who work across the whole of the UK and internationally.

 

Garvan Foan, Managing Director of Garon was on site for the Groundbreaking and spoke about the tender and how the project has benefitted the business, “This project represents the next step for Garon, cementing our position in the commercial construction sector in the East of England. Working on contracts like Millwood Surgery allows us to demonstrate to local authorities and NHS service providers that we have a capability of undertaking this work. We offer a full service across every aspect of the project  from design to handover. This is an exciting development for Garon and the Bradwell Community will really benefit from the increased capabilities that the build will bring with it.”

Garon can provide the necessary resources to complete your Norfolk Commercial Construction refurbishment projects, regardless of how large or small you think your project is. Garon has the expertise and local supply chain connections to ensure your new build project is delivered on-time, within budget and to an exceptional standard. Whether your project is within the educational, health or industrial sectors Garon has the experience to ensure that your extension is successfully delivered.

PR Video Norfolk - Blanc Creative

 

PR Video Norfolk - Blanc Creative

 

PR Video Norfolk - Blanc Creative

 

PR Video Norfolk - Blanc Creative

 

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Imagery – Lee Blanchflower – Blanc Creative

 

To find out more about how we can help turn your ideas into buildings, why not reach out to Garon today on 07887 418443 or 07515 813610 or email info@garon.co.uk

 

 

 

 

Promotional Video Norwich – Future Forest

Forestry England Promotional Video

 

Promotional video is a great way to increase your brand awareness and to increase sales but occasionally these products serve a much wider purpose. Forestry England is responsible for managing and promoting the nation’s forests owned by the Government of the United Kingdom. Our latest promotional video not only worked as a great creative marketing tool to showcase a diverse set of art installations by acclaimed artists, Tom Piper & Lisa Wright, but also as a Legacy video to historically document the installations before they were removed from the heart of Thetford Forest.

Future Forest, developed as part of centenary celebrations in 2019 and featured life-size sculptural figures strategically positioned in forest trails from September 2019 – September 2020. The artists present the figures as custodians of the forest, tasked with protecting it for the benefit of future generations. The promotional video produced by Norwich based Blanc Creative illustrated the vital role that trees and woodlands play in safeguarding the future of our planet, their youthful forms aligning them with the next generation whose role it must be to continue to protect our forests. At Blanc Creative we produce compelling promotional videos that captivate audiences, inspire action and drive results for businesses and brands. Content that your customers will love. This very same content provides our customers with a bespoke creative film for brands, products and services. We have been working commercially for over a decade delivering commercial photography, professional drone footage and compelling promotional videos So what’s the big secret to effective promotional videos? It’s creating content that’s interesting & useful. By creating content that captivates and connects viewers emotionally you can deliver your core messages effectively.

To find out more about each Future Forest art installation, we’ve put together a separate Blog with some great photographs, so why not head over to our Future Forest Photography Page

Business video Norwich - Blanc Creative

Business video Norwich - Blanc Creative

 

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Norwich commercial video from Blanc Creative

video Production Norwich - Blanc Creative

Norwich commercial video from Blanc Creative

 

 

 

PR Photography – Norfolk Receive High Tech Gritters

PR Photographer Norwich

PR Photography Norwich – Supporting Good News Stories across the County

News photographer Norwich

PR Photography is never better than when it’s delivery a good news story. We live in an age where Covid-19  has overtaken every element of our lives, so when a Press Photography assignment has a positive spin, it does make a photographers assignment so much more enjoyable. And that’s just what has happened as Norse Group and Norfolk County Council recently announce Seven new high-tech gritting vehicles will be helping keep Norfolk’s roads safe this winter. Norse Highways teams will be behind the wheel s of this super fleet of vehicles that received some great PR Photography attention at the unveiling ceremony at the Ford & Slater Group in Norwich. The seven new vehicles are being rolled out this winter as part of Norfolk County Council’s plans to update and replace its fleet of gritters. The vehicles will be managed and driven by Norse Highways and Over the winter months, with highly trained crews available every day to grit 49 routes that cover more than 2,200 treated miles across Norfolk. Last year over 10,800 tonnes of salt were used to grit Norfolk’s roads. Jason Glasspoole, Operations Director at Norse Highways, said his team was ready for the job in hand as the conditions now begin to turn colder.

“The new technology is more efficient at salt distribution and you get almost instant results and adjustments in the amount of salt being dispensed on to the road and the area of coverage,” he said. “All of which is even more efficient.”

News photographer Norwich

 

News photographer Norwich

 

PR Photographer Norwich

 

Norfolk PR PhotographyCllr Martin Wilby, Cabinet Member for Highways and Infrastructure, said:

“These new gritters will have a long road ahead of them, as Norse Highways teams do their vital job to keep people safe as the colder weather sets in throughout the winter. It’s important for us to stay up to date and use the latest technology to be as efficient as possible, which is why we’re making these replacements. But it’s also important that people drive to conditions and be more careful as the nights draw in and we start seeing ice in the mornings.”

Does your Business need professional PR Photography? Here’s a few reasons why great Public relations Photography is a winner!

When pitching your news articles to journalists or press, your story and images are  everything. Professional PR Photography will undoubtedly assist while you are pitching and can all make a difference. Your subject matter will always  be the win-or-lose factor, but in a competitive field, professional PR Photography  reading the full story will obviously offer a stronger perspective on the subject. Picture Editors and News desks love a great PR Photograph because images sell stories and capture readers. The right PR Photography can make the difference between a story being published.

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Norwich PR PhotographyIt’s not all about the Press! PR Photography has a multitude of uses.

If you are trying to reach your market on social media, the recent evolution of all platforms toward a more image-based feed should give you some clues. Research shows that posts with accompanying quality PR Photography images see a huge increase in engagement levels. This kind of engagement is hard to ignore.  Professional Photographs will make people stop and look at your social content, so invest in powerful images that sell your products and services. As far back as 2018, marketeers were indicating that over 80% of customers viewed at least 5 pieces of PR content before making a purchase from their supplier. Essentially, this means it taking  five or more touch points (a direct mail, an advert, some online content) for you to win over potential clients. Taking a consistent approach to PR Photography and marketing really is essential.  It’s not enough to have a one-off editorial article if all of your other blog posts and social media content is sub standard. Having a consistent, high quality approach will project a positive perception of your business.   You might think this is costly but the good news is that PR Photography from Blanc Creative Norwich is affordable and represents great value for money. Your business can have a library of bespoke commercial photographs covering everything about your business from Headshots, Team Photography and  PR photos for your internal or external communications. Our images are licensed without any time restrictions across all digital and printed media platforms.

If you feel your product or brand could benefit from new commercial photography, then please contact us today on Tel: 07871 364041 or E: studio@blanc-creative.com for a no obligation quote. We’d be thrilled to hear from you.

 

 

 

 

Socially Distanced Concert Photography.

Socially Distanced Concert Photography – The Gary Winter Band

Socially distanced concert photography

Socially distanced concert photography

Twelve months ago the term Socially Distanced Concert Photography would have been almost laughable. I mean, the concept of a socially distanced festival or concert as a professional music photographer Socially Distanced Concert Photography  was ridiculous. But here we are…  The summer has past by, at his point, many of us are painfully aware of the devastation that COVID-19 has brought upon the world’s music industry. Over the past few months, live concerts were almost all but removed from the table and  for musicians everywhere, this resulted in nothing short of a catastrophe. Live performance income and the entertainment industry had virtually exhausted under social distancing restrictions, leaving not only musicians, but almost every sector of the live music industry with dire financial problems, including Professional Music Photographers.

The resurgence of Live Music and Social Distance Concert Photography

In mid-July, the U.K. gave the go-ahead for outdoor concerts following strict guidelines, only to have Live Nation soon thereafter cancel a series of drive-in shows that were scheduled for July through September featuring artists like Kaiser Chiefs, Gary Numan, Dizzie Rascal and the LaFontaines. The promoter cited “localized lockdowns” as a reason for calling off the Live at the Drive-In series at the time. As the population started to realise that life would be somewhat different going forward and the first Covid-19 wave calmed down, distancing restrictions gradually eased and live concerts returned in various forms. As a professional Music Photographer, a summer without gigs and festivals was a huge disappointment, but suddenly, the concept of socially distanced concerts and socially distanced concert photography was like a lifeline. It offered a genuine substitute and looks as though it’s now set to be the way forward for 2020 and 2021.  We’ve actually had quite a summer of Socially Distanced Concert Photography and Socially Distanced Video Production, working with a number of event organisers, musicians and bands to document the the future of live performances.

Socially distanced concert photography

Socially distanced concert photography

Socially distanced concert photography

Socially distanced concert photography

Norfolk Music Photographer - Lee Blanchflower

Norfolk Music Photographer - Lee Blanchflower

The Gary Winter Band at Hoveton Hall

Gary Winter and his amazing band have been a household name in Norfolk for a number of years now. Their trademark Jazz, Swing and Blues sets always make any event memorable with a combination of smooth tones, a diverse repertoire and a great sense of humour to put a smile on the faces of his whole audience. As a Professional Music Photography business working in the industry for over ten years, we were thrilled when Gary commissioned our team to shoot Socially Distanced Music Photography, a Creative Promotional Video and Licensed Drone Filming at his first ever socially distanced Picnic Concert at Hoveton Hall in Norfolk. The Hoveton Hall Estate in Norfolk is an historic house of significance on the English Heritage Register and sets a beautiful backdrop for a socially distanced concert. With such (comparatively) small crowds and such big production, gigs like Gary Winter’s Swing Jazz Picnic aren’t financially tenable forever, and the next challenge will always be scaling up the size and capacity. For the artists and bands it’s a fantastic opportunity to retain their performance sanity sanity and for those lucky enough to have a ticket for the Events, it’s a genuine chance to escape the world of virtual music festivals and a welcome chance to safely dance, laugh, sing and relax with other like minded concert goers. We won’t have to wait forever for standard concerts to return, but for now, socially distanced audience pods, socially distanced concert photography and sold out events with limited audiences are here to stay. Gary Winter’s Swing Jazz Picnic was a huge success. The weather shone down, prosseco flowed and we didn’t waste time in capturing every aspect of this very special concert.
Norfolk Music Photographer - Lee Blanchflower
Band Photography Norwich
Band Photography Norwich
Band Photography Norwich
Band Photography Norwich
Gary is already planning his next Jazz Picnic for the 9th June 2021, so to keep up to date with all Things Gary Winter Band, why not head over to his social media page. In the mean time, why not take a look at our socially distanced concert photography. 

If you think we can help your music festival or concert with professional concert footage or video production, then why not reach out today and speak to one of our team. We’d love to help turn your event into awesome photography and creative video content.

You can find out more by calling Mob: 07871 364041 or email studio@blanc-creative.com