Technicians Make It Happen!

Technicians Make It Happen, was one of the biggest projects of the year and was shot over a three month period. It was commissioned by Sainsbury’s Charitable Foundation – Gatsby 

Gatsby wanted to strengthen the awareness of technicians as a linchpin to the U.K economy via photographic images. So, I was invited to the head office to discuss how these images could be portrayed for website use and promotional material, here is a small selection…

Technicians Make It Happen RAL Space Technician Working In sealed Stanless Steel Chamber © Paul Worpole Photography

RAL Space Technician Working In sealed stainless steel chamber…over 60ft tall and very James Bond!

Technicians Make It Happen RAL Space Close Up Shot of Billet Alluminium © Paul Worpole Photography

RAL Space…total precision of some billet aluminium, incredible quality reserved for orbiting the Earth.

Technicians Make It Happen Woman Technician Responsible for Robot Assemby Repairs at Toyota Palnt North Wales with Sappners and Wrenches in Background © Paul Worpole Photography

Toyota technician based in North Wales – engine assembly plant and responsible for the upkeep of the massive robot arms!

Technicians Make It Happen Close Up shot of Warning Lights on Robot Assembly Machine at Toyota North Wales Factory © Paul Worpole Photography

Close Up shot of Warning Lights on robot assembly machine at Toyota…this is where all the Cadillac taillights end up!

Technicians Make It Happen White Lights London Portrait of Technician Surrounded by Blue Transport Boxes with WL logo on them © Paul Worpole Photography

White Light, London – Portrait of Technician – Seb Hancock, surrounded by transport cases synonymous with the industry!

Technicians Make It Happen Portrait Technician at Light Mixing Desk White Lights Company London © Paul Worpole Photography

Portrait of Technician, Leo Hancock at Light Mixing Desk – White Light, London. Been to a London show, chances are White Light would have lit the production?

Technicians Make It Happen Project Portrait of Woman Welder with Face Mask Up Smiling © Paul Worpole Photography

Hydram Engineering, County Durham. Sophy Bage, welding technician specialises in circular welds.

Technicians Make It Happen Project Close Up Shot of Copper Cutting Tips for CNC machine © Paul Worpole Photography

Copper Cutting Tips for CNC machines – Hydram Engineering

Technicians Make It Happen Sainsburys Laboratory Cambridge University Portrait of Woman In Rust Coloured Jumper Glasses Greenhouse Holding a Plant and Secateurs © Paul Worpole Photography

Technician at Sainsbury’s Laboratory Cambridge University

Technicians Make It Happen Brushed Stainless Steel Sign of Sainsbury Laboratory University Cambridge © Paul Worpole Photography

Brushed Stainless Steel Sign of Sainsbury Laboratory, University Cambridge

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BT Openreach Technician, Leeds

Technicians Make It Happen BT Openreach Image of Analogue Dials with Red DymoTape Label © Paul Worpole Photography

BT Openreach Image of Analogue Dials in the Leeds exchange.

Technicians Make It Happen Portrait of Technician at Brompton Bikes London Leaning against Boxes of Bike Assembly Parts in the Warehouse © Paul Worpole Photography

Portrait of Technician at Brompton Bikes, London – “FF” is for Front Forks!

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That crucial hinge that makes the bike fold up, heated for precision fitting!

Technicians Make It Happen Royal Opera House London Technician With Ribbon Mic and Shield Man in Black Shirt © Paul Worpole Photography

Royal Opera House, London. Technician – the fabulous Giuseppe Lubrano

Technicians Make It Happen Portrait of Technician With Royal Opera House Fleece on against shelves of Nuts and Bolts Used to fix Sets © Paul Worpole Photography

Royal Opera House, London. Junior Stage Engineer, Tommy Judd – behind the scenes and the real nuts and bolts of it!

Technicians Make It Happen Portrait Technician Man Outside Siemens Building © Paul Worpole Photography

Technician outside Siemens Building, Manchester

Technicians Make It Happen Portrait of BBC Technician Adjusting Camera in Radio 1 Studio London © Paul Worpole Photography

Portrait of BBC Technician Jahangir Shah, Adjusting Camera in Radio 1 Studio London

Technicians Make It Happen Portrait of BBC Technician Adjusting Mic in Radio London BBC Studios © Paul Worpole Photography

Portrait of BBC Technician Jahangir Shah in Radio London Studio

Technicians Make It Happen Portrait of Technician Leaning against Metal Drilling Machine in Blue Overalls at Jubilee Clips Company © Paul Worpole Photography

Portrait of Technician at Jubilee Clips

Technicians Make It Happen Close Up Shot of Jubilee Clips 20mm © Paul Worpole Photography

Close Up Shot of  “The Original”…Jubilee Clip – 20mm

Technicians Make It Happen Hutchinsons Engineering Widnes Man in Blue Spikes anechoic chamber © Paul Worpole Photography

Hutchinson Engineering, Widnes – Technician in Anechoic Chamber.

Technicians Make It Happen RAF Cosford Sgt in Cahrge of Targeting for Jet Planes Man in Shirt with Arms Folded next to Jaguar Jet Plane © Paul Worpole Photography

RAF Cosford AircraftTechnician

Technicians Make It Happen RAF Cosford Technician in charge of Hydraulics Woman next to jet engine © Paul Worpole Photography

RAF Cosford Technician in charge of hydraulics – wings and wheels!

Technicians Make It Happen Microsoft London Portrait of Man Laughing against Red Button Background © Paul Worpole Photography

Microsoft, London – Portrait of Joshua Uwadiae – fits of laughter was pretty much order of the day at Microsoft!

Technicians Make It Happen Microsoft London Portarit of Man Looking Up to Round Lights on Ceiling at Microsoft © Paul Worpole Photography

Microsoft, London – Portrait of technician – alternative shot.

“Technicians play a crucial role in the growth of the businesses that employ them and will be integral to meeting the technological challenges faced by the world in the coming decades. They don’t always have technician in their job title, but there’s barely a business in the country that could function without them. They are a vital component of our economy and must be recognised as such if the UK is to remain competitive on the global stage in years to come. However, an aging workforce means that 50,000 of our best technicians are retiring every year and, due to our unbalanced economy, we are unable to replace them, let alone fill the additional technician roles that are becoming available as the economy expands. In fact, forecasts now show that the UK will need as many as 700,000 new technicians by 2020 simply to meet demand from employers like you.”   Gatsby

Iconic names…

Some of the most iconic companies including: BBC, Royal Opera House, Loughborough University, RAF, Microsoft, Brompton Bikes, IBM, Toyota, Jubilee Clips, plus many more – this was of course a genuine privilege to have an access all areas.

Taking the images was to prove a little tricky, especially in the confines of some factories, where trailing wires would be a trip hazard, so battery powered flash units were used throughout for speed and portability.

A variety of shots were taken, including close ups, which create a flavour of the environment – as well as the traditional portraits of the technicians at work. This would ultimately culminate in an exhibition in the Mall Galleries in London and is now on on tour around the country.

Big thanks…

To all the companies involved for taking the time out of their working day to complete this project and of course Gatsby who commissioned this fabulous project!

Here’s a great editorial piece written by the Guardian…CLICK HERE

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