Well, this is my first blog entry. Something I never thought I’d ever do because my writing skills are about as good as my diplomacy skills so it’s not something I usually like to do, unless I have to. Bear with me as it’s likely to be a tedious read! I’ll try to improve – I promise!
So, I thought I’d make this first entry a bit of background about me and why I decided that it’s time to join the world wide web of bloggers.
Like many people, I started properly getting into photography at school. We had a darkroom at my school, I shot Ilford HP5 (which is still available) and spent pretty much most of my spare time processing film and printing enlargements. My first real 35mm SLR camera was a Yashica FX-103.
After leaving school, my access to a dark room became limited and digital wasn’t a thing yet. So, apart from taking the odd snap using some sort of point and shoot, my photography days took a back seat to other things. Namely looking for a job and later I started learning to fly which pretty much took most of my spare time after that.
Fast forward to the year 2000 and by now I’m immersed in the world of motorcycles, an obsession at the time and riding on tracks. I loved it so much a few years later I started a track day business along with an advanced rider training and knee down school. Also, my Dad used to race cars so motorsport was a thing for pretty much all my life.
A few years ago my lovely partner, Bianca encouraged me to get back into photography, she even bought me a digital SLR camera to kick start me into it.
These days I’m a semi pro sports photographer who shoots for Alamy Live News. They’re a news wire based in the UK and they supply images to most media organisations around the UK and Europe and they would take up about 90% of the work I do.
I’m also a healthcare recruiter. Strange combo hey. There’s not much money in photography unless you’re a god behind the lens, which I’m not, or you run a popular YouTube channel, which I don’t, so you need to earn extra money somewhere else. So rather than opting to prostitute myself on the local street corner, I’m a self-employed recruiter (some might say there’s little difference) which gives me the flexibility to shoot motorsport and still eat. Maybe one day I will go full time behind the camera but right now I’m pretty happy to do what I do… who knows what the future will bring.
As for this blog? I don’t really know yet. I won’t post very often, only when I’m have something today say really. It may be a behind the scenes at the Supercars or MotoGP, maybe it will be some stuff about analogue film which I’m into at the moment… time will tell….
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Dave shoots for Speed Media Image Agency, a professional photo agency providing coverage of all sports, events and photojournalism. We photograph for international, national and local media agents, including Getty Images, Icon Sportswire, AP, News Corp, The Times, ESPN and CNN. We have a team of commercial photographers ready to shoot for sport teams and sponsors.