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Hello, I'm Mike, and I'm a Photography Addict.

Based in Newport, East Yorkshire. I've always taken my photography seriously with a professional attitude. My aim being getting good quality images, without many fancy computer tricks, so things look how they should. But you’ll also find I've quite a sense of humour and fun.

Never one to be playing up to the camera, always happiest unobtrusively holding one. My interest in photography started with the gift of a Kodak Pocket Instamatic 110, I’d confused it with a Polaroid Instant camera. But I stuck with it and eventually progressed to a 35mm film camera with manual focusing etc. and was hooked. I left photography for a while to pursue Mechanical Engineering, but it always had a hold. Today of course I use professional standard digital cameras (DSLR's), lenses and software.

Over the years I realised that photography wasn't just an interest. The major turning point came when I got the chance to shadow a Photographer at a wedding I was at. They were shown my images, and the message came back - 'Why aren't you making money at this?' I've also had a photograph accepted and exhibited at Ferens Art Gallery in the Open Exhibition. So, I knew I had to photograph professionally in some form or other, even part-time, and my Mechanical Design Engineering has helped developed my creative imagination, and eye for detail.

Contact Me, for commissions, feedback, to pique my interest in something or make a Print Enquiry. Or come and Follow Me on Google+ / Facebook.

Mike.

P.S. The 69 in my website name is the year I was born.

If you're planning a Wedding you'll be into making lists of this, that and the other, so I thought I'd give you three of my own, just for fun...

10 Likes:

10 Dislikes:

  • White Chocolate – Milky bar kid.
  • Cake – who doesn't like cake, unless it’s got walnuts in.
  • Coffee – Fuel, can’t function without it. White, with half a spoon of sugar, if you’re asking, Ta.
  • Black Sheep Beer – To the Baar, and it’s from Yorkshire (but never on duty).
  • Raspberries – Way better than Strawberries.
  • Photography coffee table books – Inspiration, inspiration and enjoyment.
  • Vintage Cars – All polished paint & shiny chrome, although I wouldn’t want to own one.
  • Going to the Gym – You have to be fit to stay on your feet and hump your gear around all day.
  • Custard – Not the ‘real’ stuff, the packet powder stuff.
  • Photography – Did you doubt it would be on the list? Looking at things and people in a different way and hunting out an image that shows people something different to what they’ve seen before.
  • Hazelnuts – The ambassador can keep his chocolates.
  • Eggs – fried, boiled, scrambled or poached.
  • Tea – Why, when you can have coffee?
  • Red Wine – I just don't
  • Strawberries – Somebody has to.
  • Over edited Images – plastic looking people is just wrong.
  • Being late – On time is late, I know some have the prerogative of being late, but it’s got to be serious for me to be.
  • Junk Food – They don’t call it that for no reason, Fish and Chips isn’t junk food.
  • 110% - That’s 50% effort + 60% B.S., 100% is 100% nothing more, all is all.
  • Being Photographed – This maybe a bit of a surprise but, I’d like to be known for what I do, not what I look like, and it does give me sympathy with those that are reluctantly in front of the camera.

10 Fun Facts:

1 Personal Motto:

  • I’ve never eaten a Kebab, not even a mouthful.
  • You can never cross the same river twice.
  • I can speak a bit of Japanese.
  • Buy it cheap, buy it twice.
  • I can’t be trusted alone in a room with an open packet of biscuits or sweets.
  • You can run on custard.
  • I sometimes unconsciously whistle while I work (never in Church) – All the right notes, but not necessarily in the right tune, apparently, but it sounds good in my head.
  • A million to one chance will happen 9 times out of 10.
  • I don’t like heights – it’s why I’m as tall as I am.
  • The amount of paperwork needed filling in, is inversely proportional to activity being carried out.
Keep Calm & NEVER Give Up NEVER Give In

Influences & inspiration - Quotes & Rules to live by:-

"Four Beats to the bar and No Cheating"

"It takes a lot of imagination to be a good photographer. You need less imagination to be a painter because you can invent things. But in photography everything is so ordinary; it takes a lot of looking before you learn to see the extraordinary."

- David Bailey -

"Consulting the rules of composition before taking a photograph, is like consulting the laws of gravity before going for a walk."

- Edward Weston -

"A photograph is a secret about a secret. The more it tells you the less you know."

"I always thought of photography as a naughty thing to do, that was one of my favorite things about it, and when I first did it, I felt very perverse...."

- Diane Arbus -

"...Watch and Shoot! Watch and Shoot!"

- British Army Rifle Range -

"Take the bloody shot!"

- M: Skyfall -


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