Hi James! Tell us about yourself in two sentences - who are you?
I'm James, I’ve been a freelance photographer in Bournemouth for 10 years. I’ve always loved taking photos and can’t remember a time when I didn't have a camera in my hands. My love of photography started with a second hand Canon compact camera and a shot of exploding fireworks. Since then it has progressed into an amazing adventure incorporating international music festivals and worldwide travel.
QWhat's the weirdest situation you've found yourself in while taking a photograph?
ADuring my work abroad I found myself on Christmas Island, located in the Indian Ocean, in a freak tropical downpour with all of my camera equipment in danger of being waterlogged. I took shelter under palm trees next to a pig hut, a local woman with her 2 young children beckoned me over to their house on the beach, offered me refuge from the rain and a drink of coconut water. This moment has always stayed with me as being both strange and amazing!
QWhat do you shoot on? What's your favourite set up?
AI shoot on a Nikon D750 full frame camera, but have had many different Nikon cameras in my years as a photographer as well as some Olympus equipment. I generally have two bodies with me at any one time to allow me to be flexible with lens choices. However, I keep an extra body at home just in case one of the cameras requires service. My favourite set up is probably my trusty Nikon D3 and the 24-70mm 2.8F. The D3 is an older camera but its reliability and ergonomics makes it amazingly versatile for capturing musicians jumping around on stage mid performance at 9 frames per second.
QWhat's your number one tip for an aspiring photographer?
AI’ve always believed that photography is something you must be passionate about. It’s something you crave to do, so my top tip would be to get out and experiment. I self taught through experimenting with my equipment and through online media; websites such as Youtube were really helpful, also talking to other photographers and generally getting inspired to do more! Don't forget to break the rules, challenge yourself and the realms of photography to get that truly special photo you’re proud of.