Corporate photoshoot at the University of Nottingham's Centre for Biomolecular Science

Two days ago we were booked for a corporate photography job by the University of Nottingham at their centre for biomolecular science, to photograph the lovely biomolecular science equipment and the equally lovely biomolecular science people. The centre is located in a building opposite the Queen’s Medical Centre, where parking is at a premium especially with there being a lot of building work going on at the time. Fearing we would not be able to park nearby and would therefore have to lug our heavy equipment a long distance we were delighted to find a space right by the front door. A hop skip and a jump from where we needed to be, though we opted for the usual method of walking.

First up was a big group photo of all the personnel from the centre. When we first arrived most of the people participating in the photo were sitting in a talk, so while we waited we prepared the area for the photo. We were expecting about 100 people to turn up so we decided the best location would be outside with the entrance to the building behind the group. After we had set up the area, moving chairs into position, framing the shot etc. we had a bit of time spare and so decided to pose for the photo ourselves with all of our identical twins, the result of which can be seen below. Once the real participants of the photo had turned up, we shepherded them outside with promises they wouldn't be out in the cold for long and crammed them into the frame, they were all very sporting in this regard.

Too many mes

Too many mes

The Biomolecular Science team

The Biomolecular Science team

Once the group photo was done it was on to take photos of the equipment in the laboratories. Upon entering each lab we instructed to wear lab coats and safety goggles and to wash our hands thoroughly after each lab. Though the main focus was the equipment, we did get some willing volunteers to model with the kit, myself included trying to look very sciency which I believe is the technical term. The main challenge here was to backlight our subjects with very little room in which to do so, but getting creative we managed to get the desired effect with our lights.

Me looking into a tiny beaker like a genuine science person

Me looking into a tiny beaker like a genuine science person

I would be lying if I said I knew what the equipment we were shooting did exactly, at a guess I would say something to do with biomolecular science, but it all looked very fancy and important. The most fancy/fanciest and important looking piece of kit to me or at least the most fancy, was a couple of robotic arms that reminded me of the one in Jurassic Park that looked after the dinosaur eggs, sorry if I’m getting too technical. We were informed that one of the arms (or maybe both, I can’t remember) was involved in the process of building sequences of DNA, which I’m fairly sure is how they built the dinosaurs in Jurassic Park…. So I’m onto you University of Nottingham.

Me watching the robot arm do it's robot arm thing

Me watching the robot arm do it's robot arm thing

After the robot arm lab (not it’s official title) we moved into the Fermentation Laboratory (official title… maybe) which housed machines used in the process of fermentation I think. This involved going into a room which detectors had to be worn to tell us if the levels of carbon monoxide were too high. I didn’t get one of these detectors so had to rely on others to inform me if I was going to die. In this room were four identical machines named after either four of the Renaissance artists or more likely the four teenage mutant ninja turtles. There was another bigger machine called Splinter all but confirming that the previous machines were named after the turtles... unless there’s a renaissance artist I haven’t heard of.

Mike getting in the act of looking all sciency

Mike getting in the act of looking all sciency

This was the last lab to photograph, so after that, it was off home to edit... but not before washing our hands thoroughly.