I have a massive amount of admiration for professional photographers. They can make all the difference to a publication, or to the projection of an idea in advertising. And at a time when all kinds of amateurs are playing at it, sending journalists out with digital cameras for grip and grin head shots, here is a timely reminder of the craft that really good photographers possess.
Paul Adams is one of my local favourites. He's completed a project with ten of his clients, called 10People. I'm one of them, and he's done a sample on his blog here. The picture, above left, is one his too, taken on my iPhone. The others are obviously much more atmospheric.
But take a look at his range of work, especially the textures he creates. The empathy he has with his human subjects. I can't quite place it, but there's also something very organic, very Lancashire, about Paul's work too. Check him out here.