Help For Heroes

Just got back from a fantastic 2 day photographic workshop I was invited to give at Tedworth House in Wiltshire.
Tedworth House is a Personnel Recovery & Assessment Centre for wounded, sick and injured Servicemen and Women run by the world renowned charity organisation – Help for Heroes.
Help for Heroes is exactly that and aims to provide as many facilities as possible to support the recovery process in helping those who have served their country adjust to their injuries and deal with the emotional, physical and mental realities of a new life.
As someone who believes that anyone with an interest in photography can become a photographer it is always a privilege to be able to pass on the knowledge, experience and passion that I have in the hope that it might inspire others.
What was inspiring for me were the characters that I met throughout my stay.
From the injured ex-Paratrooper who loved wide open landscapes and wrote the most astonishing poetry to the quiet guy who said very little and then stunned me and the rest of the group with the raw, natural talent that was literally just bursting out of him to express itself in original photographic images.

Troy, Richard, Mike, Sam, Roli and Alex – I salute you all and thanks for sharing your weekend with me.

portrait by guynamio samuda

portrait by guynamio samuda

Thanks also to Hardy Haase at Flaghead Photographic for generous loan of Quantum Flash and Hedler Lighting Equipment

8 Responses to “Help For Heroes”
  1. Lisa says:

    As one of the Tedworth House Staff, I got back to work today after being away so missed your workshop.
    Having spoken to some of the guy’s, it was clear to see they had a fantastic time with you.
    I through Tedworth and Battle Back (where it all began for me) have met some of the most amazing people that have inspired me beyond belief. I continue to provide as much help & support to our wonderful guy’s and girls and think the fact you have given up your time to do the same is wonderful.
    Thanks for showing your support x

  2. Thanks Lisa,
    it really was an honour to meet such a positive and inspiring group of people. Keep up the great work!!!

  3. Maurice Rowland (Roli) says:

    Just want to say what a fantastic weekend i had on your workshop, it was great to be taught some new techniques from a truly proffessional and talented photographer as yourself. It has helped to fetch my photography to the next level and i will put my new found skills to good use.

    Thank you for your knowledge and your time

    • Thanks Roli,
      everyone was so positive and enthusiastic that you made it easy for me!!!
      Keep shooting, enjoy your photography and thanks for the best portrait you took of me in the lounge at Tedworth House

  4. Richard Woodhouse says:

    I just wanted to say thank you for a wonderful weekend, I’ve never done anything like that before and to be taught by a photographer like you I am truly blessed. I found that I had skills that I never knew I had and I will be putting my new skill to good use.

    It was a great honour to have met you and thank you for taking the time to come and share you talent and knowledge with us.


  5. Sam says:

    Hi john Just want to say thank you for the weekend. It was amazing. especially when I have the motivation of you and the others. Hope there will be a follow up course.
    thanks again


    • Thanks Sam,
      stay focused and keep shooting. You have a rare, raw talent and that’s a really great portrait you took for this blog post so don’t just confine yourself to still life photography!!
      Hope to see you guys again soon.

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