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f2 Freelance Photographer - Ewan Mathers

40-47 Turning Pro Mathers 3 rev_dummy profile 13/03/2012 10:14 Page 11Wedding imagesthey’re four sided objects, but because I livedthere and could go back any time I liked, Iwas eventually able to photograph themquite satisfactorily.“Photography was more of an intensehobby for me than a profession at the time,although I had a few postcards made, andthat sort of thing.”Mathers’ photographs of the carvingswere published as a book, Cloisters of IonaAbbey (Wild Goose Publications, ISBN 978-1901557602). “It’s not exactly an internationalbestseller”, he says, “but every nowand then they send me a tenner.”Mathers and his wife moved to Ilkeston,where his wife now works as a teacher at theRudolf Steiner School that their two childrenalso attend.“I had a bit of bleak period then, where Iended up working as a programmer for asoftware house”, he says. “Eventually, afriend suggested that I get into photography,because I’d always been taking pictures onand off between other things.“I went to Derby University to do adegree in Commercial Photography, becauseI realised that I needed to know how to makemoney out of it.“The course was organised so that thefirst two years were a foundation degree. Iqualified for a student loan, so I paid the feesout of that. There was a one year top up forthe honours, but because, despite my longuniversity career I’d never completed anhonours degree, I got the fees paid. My yearwas the last where that was possible. Thecourse has now been rewritten as a full threeyear BA Honours, in which case I wouldn’thave got it.”The British Institute of ProfessionalPhotography accredits the CommericalPhotography course at Derby, and awardedMathers associate membership upon hisgraduating last year.“I was probably the oldest in the class”,he says, “but that wasn’t a problem, andmany of the other students are still myfriends. Maybe because I was a bit older, Iwas more proactive than some of theyounger students. People would come to theuniversity asking for students to help them,f2 FREELANCE PHOTOGRAPHER Vol 6 No 2 43

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