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BBC Music Day’s Dementia Initiative

Musical Memories

Today, 26th September the BBC celebrates it’s official Music Day 2019. A large part of this event is the BBC’s Music & Dementia Initiative which highlights the benefit and importance of music to those who are living with Dementia. There are pop up concerts in village halls, sing alongs at charities and and even raves in care homes!

There are over 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK and this is set to rise to over one million by 2021. Mostly the over 65’s are affected but it can also hit us earlier. This initiative boasts over 800 music events held today by collaborating organisations across the country raising awareness whilst having lots of fun.

The BBC recently launched Nile Rogers as the ambassador of this initiative as the subject is close to his heart having a mother and Aunt who suffer from dementia. His mother has had Alzheimers for over 13 years but can sing faultlessly along to old songs from her past. He talks of an ‘internalised’ memory of music, so embedded that tunes and words to songs never leave us.

Nile Rogers BBC World Music Day

The joy that this can bring to those who suffer from anxiety and other stress related symptoms of dementia is becoming strongly recognised and increasingly promoted by charities and support groups nationwide.

I began working with a local charity Chrysalis Tynedale, during a rebrand and renaming of Chrysalis Club this summer by local agency Design Engine. Heather from DE got in touch having worked together on similar local projects and knew my documentary photography style would fit her client’s brief perfectly.

It has been one of the most rewarding projects I have worked on, feeling part of a team and seeing the positive effects that Chrysalis brings to those with dementia, their families and carers. This friendly and fun club based in Hexham works hard to deliver twice weekly workshops with enjoyable themes such as gardening, art, sports and music. The first workshop I photographed was a music workshop taken by local drummer Simon Wood. The images below are a small selection I captured at this event with permission from those involved.

Photography taken in a documentary style in Northumberland by a newcastle based photographer

Photography taken in a documentary style in Northumberland by a newcastle based photographer

 

Simon created a drum circle with the group following simple rhythms with shakers and hand drums then played familiar songs on the hang drums (which look like a bbq and sound like a harp!) which brought big smiles and happiness to the group. This was a documentary photographers dream, smiles, energy, movement, concentration and expression at its best!

Photography taken in a documentary style in Northumberland by a newcastle based photographer

 

Simon then rounded off with the most magical version of  Faithless’ Insomnia, resulting in such an electric and euphoric atmosphere many of the regulars got out of their seats and danced aided by sticks and volunteers. The music seemed to soothe any confusion or trouble and it felt joyous. It was such a fantastic moment I had to hide my watery eyes behind the camera.

Photography taken in a documentary style in Northumberland by a newcastle based photographer

 

Photography taken in a documentary style in Northumberland by a newcastle based photographer

 

Hurrah for charities that bring such relief from the of difficulties dementia and how fantastic that the BBC has the power to bring this to peoples attention and with an ambassador as high profile and delightful as Nile Rogers on their BBC Music Day 2019.

For more BBC info visit https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/CNd36D4NJfvSq36jNtYWJd/music-dementia

If you like my style and have time to browse more of my event photography please go to https://www.sarahdeanephotography.co.uk/commercial/events-and-editorial/

Simon is for hire for events and workshops and is totes amazeballs. His details are at https://www.simonwoodmusic.com

Design Engine are superb graphic designers and branding experts at http://www.thedesignengine.co.uk/index.html

and the shiny new Chrysalis website is coming soon on https://www.chrysalis-tynedale.org.uk

 

Greggs Jolly Genius Ho Ho Ho!

So it’s the talk of the town! Clever old Greggs has thoroughly entertained everyone who has been gazing into Fenwick’s window this Christmas. The display is tasteful and colourful, celebrating 40 years of the iconic Christmas character The Snowman in 2018.

Greggs is situated directly opposite Fenwick and had the fabulous and playful idea of switching it’s front of shop signage to reverse when the crowds flocked this Christmas. So currently when you look in the window or snap with your phone, the Greggs brand is there shining brightly back at you, the right way around!

It surprises you the first time you see it, makes you chuckle and it feels a bit naughty! Greggs and Fenwick are great pals so it’s all above board and people are loving it, sharing across social media, shouting about it in the press and so it’s around a little longer than planned. Very clever advertising indeed!

So here’s where I come in….. Greggs got in touch with a really interesting and fun branding project to create a portfolio of lifestyle shots in a documentary photography style. The aim was to capture real imagery of their diverse customers in Newcastle city centre.

Whilst I was chasing people with their pasties in the rain up Northumberland St it would have been rude not to have got some of this beauty for their archives! As a documentary photographer I thrive on this type of shoot, and working for such an established well known  North East brand makes me feel proud.

Many of you may have seen it either ‘in the flesh’ or even in the “RONIGAAAL” (Chronicle that is…) but those who haven’t you may like to see the effect in my photographs below. But those who plan to visit soon, please look away NOW!

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Träkol at By The River Brew Co

Träkol Food Photography
for Event Magazine Mail on Sunday
September 2018
If you are lucky enough to live in or near Newcastle and Gateshead you’ll have seen how exciting places to eat and drink are popping up in lots of new spots. As a bar, restaurant and food & drink photographer there’s suddenly lots of fresh opportunity to take interesting shots at attractive local venues. This year has been particularly lively with the opening of Route on The Side, Brinkburn Brewery in the Ouseburn and By the River Brew Co on Gateshead Quay to name but a fab few. I have been buzzing this summer as I’m a big foodie nerd outside of shooting hours and having all this choice and exceptional quality is just brilliant!
It’s not just the food that is amazeballs (Hawkers market at By the River Brew Co offers international street food, Träkol, Route and Brinkburn Brewery sophisticated small plates) it’s the venue locations that make them really exhilarating. Most are set within historic and very photogenic industrial Newcastle including terraced spaces within the Tudor architecture of the Side, a bar with an entrance to the underground Victoria Tunnel and river side under the 7000 tonnes of sturdy Tyne Bridge steel. So when the Mail on Sunday got in touch to ask me to take photos of Träkol restaurant I was pretty enthusiastic!

The brief from the Mail picture desk was to capture Träkol’s shipping container exterior sat between the beautiful bridges together with the interior design and restaurant’s open fire cooking. I was given a list of dishes Tom Parker Bowles had sampled the previous week to be reviewed in the Sunday supplement Event magazine on Sunday 23rd September. Träkol’s dishes of Surf Clams, Octopus Ceviche, Osado Cooked Lamb, Pig Tails and the Half Pig Head feast were prepared expertly and presented beautifully by the chef for me to photograph. The dishes were such a beautiful mixture of textures, colours and garnish that a week after I booked to go experience it for myself. I was blown away by the flavours, atmosphere, service and the high quality of the food. I really recommend a visit starting with an ale by the Tyne, then after a night cap in Hawkers Market. The location and views are exhilarating! Hurrah for these canny new businesses in the North East, giving us amazing new experiences and something to feel proud, show off and shout loudly about!

Food and interior photography by newcastle Photographer taken in Gateshead's Trakol by the river brew co Food and interior photography by newcastle Photographer taken in Gateshead's Trakol by the river brew co Food and interior photography by newcastle Photographer taken in Gateshead's Trakol by the river brew co Food and interior photography by newcastle Photographer taken in Gateshead's Trakol by the river brew co Food and interior photography by newcastle Photographer taken in Gateshead's Trakol by the river brew co Food and interior photography by newcastle Photographer taken in Gateshead's Trakol by the river brew co Food and interior photography by newcastle Photographer taken in Gateshead's Trakol by the river brew co Food and interior photography by newcastle Photographer taken in Gateshead's Trakol by the river brew co Food and interior photography by newcastle Photographer taken in Gateshead's Trakol by the river brew co Food and interior photography by newcastle Photographer taken in Gateshead's Trakol by the river brew co

Food and interior photography by newcastle Photographer taken in Gateshead's Trakol by the river brew co

newcastle photographer takes food images at restaurant by the tyne

 

Aldi Summer 2016

Currently in the shops are some surprisingly good items of summer clothing by Aldi with packaging shot by me! I photographed these earlier in the year at my studio in Newcastle city centre for Bebe clothing, who create the clothing and packaging for Aldi women’s fashion. The colours were really pleasing and the model was fab! A great shoot indeed and who’d have thought the goodies in the central aisles could look this good?

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Internet Headshots Offer

This December I am promoting my head-shot portraiture deal to small businesses and sole traders in Newcastle who would like to update their profile photo for social networking and company websites. It’s often a job we put to the bottom of the pile, particularly as VERY few of us enjoy having our picture taken!

If you bite the bullet and book in to my studio for a January 2016 appointment the first ten enquiries will be rewarded with a 50% discount on the Studio Profile package. Just please quote the code CLAVJAN and you will receive the package for just £50.

The Studio Profile package gives you a relaxed and enjoyable half hour studio session with the option of various backdrops at the studio. Or you can choose to be captured in your office or outdoors at a location relevant to your business if you prefer. Around one week later you then choose 10 images from around 30 finished and retouched portraits. These are then supplied as digital files ready to upload to social networking sites LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter etc or website team/about pages and high quality versions for printing too.

It might be helpful to see what my past clients wore, the variety of backdrops we used and various lighting styles for corporate and social media portraits so please visit this page on my website http://www.sarahdeanephotography.co.uk/corporate-studio-photographs/

Please call 07960 338357 or email me at sarah@sarahdeanephotography.co.uk and I can give you more information on the studio’s offer and discuss availability for January.

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