I'll be off then...

Twelve years ago I became a photographer at The Banbury Guardian newspaper. Becoming a press photographer had been my dream since I was 7 years old. I grew up following the work of Marc Aspland in The Times, being hugely inspired by him and his work and I knew from an early age that I wanted to follow in his footsteps.

Sadly, for the first time in 12 years I will no longer be a contracted press snapper. I am leaving the Leicester Mercury after 8 years at what was one of the UK's largest regional newspapers. Having survived 4 restructures and consultation periods in my short career, this one has finally got the better of me. Having embraced being a part-time freelance photographer, I am now looking forward to the challenge of becoming a ‘fully’ freelance photographer.

I have loved my time at the paper. I’ve met some awe-inspiring people, experienced some incredible events, captured several historical moments…and, of course, photographed numerous cheque presentations! It has been quite a time for Leicester over the past few years, with visits from the royal family, Leicester City winning the Premier League and the discovery and reburial of a King. Personal highlights include winning awards for my photographs, capturing Jamie Vardy’s record-breaking goal against Man Utd, taking pictures of the Queen at the Royal Maundy celebrations and being the official photographer at Leicester Cathedral for the events leading up to and including the service for the reinterment Richard III. I have become very fond of Leicester and all the opportunities that the place, the people and the paper have given me both as a person and a photographer. I want to thank my colleagues and friends at the Mercury and wish them all the best for the future. I also want to thank the paper's readers who have let me shove my camera in their faces for various reasons over the last few years - thank you all! I'll probably be freelancing here and there in Leicester so might still get the odd image in the paper, occasionally.

(This photo is of a wall in the Mercury offices on New Walk in Leicester, featuring my work.)

(And here's me and Sven Goran Eriksson on a shoot for an exhibition of Mercury sporting images, back in 2011.)

I now look forward to continuing to work with my regular clients and I'm excited about making new ones soon.
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