f2 Freelance Photographer - Ewan Mathers

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f2 Freelance Photographer - Ewan Mathers

40-47 Turning Pro Mathers 3 rev_dummy profile 13/03/2012 10:14 Page 13and I would always say yes. I had alreadymade the decision to become a professionalphotographer, so I didn’t worry about thecourse too much in my last year, and spentmore time actually working.“One of the first briefs on the course wasto find photographers and talk to them. Iphoned Wayne Harker-Gill (www.lifephotographic.co.uk)who had a big studio inNottingham at the time. He showed me awedding shoot he’d just done with about2500 pictures, which he asked me to editdown to about 500. That went well, and heasked me help him out on some weddings.Eventually, he started passing weddings on tome to do completely.“Working with him was a great help,because I was able to see somebody actuallymaking money from photography, and itgave me a few connections.”Mathers collaborated with the college’sfashion department throughout his time onthe course, photographing its final year collectionsat the catwalk shows, which also ledto other work.His studio, which he’s had for the last 2 1 /2years, is in a facility at Banks Mill, run by theuniversity. “The rent increases steadily, untilthe point where you start to think you shouldmove on”, he says. “I started out paying £180a month, and now it’s about £260.”Below: Alpha and Omega, from the cover of The Cloisters of Iona AbbeyMathers does a wide variety of work, andsays that, as long as he has free rein, he’shappy to try his hand at anything. He’s takenpictures at school proms and technologyfairs, and frequently gets commissioned tophotograph artists’ work.“I do all my own printing”, he says, “andI also do a lot of printing for others workingout of the business centre. They can comeand have a chat with me, and we do a test tomake sure it’s ok.“If I didn’t have to make a living, I’d beout roaming the countryside taking picturesof unusual things, and I like to bring some ofthat sense to my commercial work. I’ve got abit of a thing at the moment about trying tomake people fly, so I’m trying various techniqueswith ropes.”f2REGISTER NOW ATWWW.FORWARDEVENTS.CO.UKFOR FREE TICKETSThe Photographic Trade ShowTrade show 11am-6pmFREE EntryFREE Sem inarsFor All ProfessionalsFor more info about your local show and to register for your freetickets go to www.forwardevents.co.uk or call 01634 296 001SPONSORED BY:Camera ClinicProduct DemonstrationsDigital Advicewww.twitter.com/photovisionnewsNEXT EVENTEdinburghRoyal Highland Centre27th March 2012HertfordshireSopwell House, 24th April 2012ManchesterMan Utd Football Stadium,15th May 2012CoventryRicoh Arena, 29th May 2012WindsorRoyal Windsor Racecourse,27th June 2012BristolAshton Gate Stadium, 17th July 2012DublinCroke Park Stadium, 4th Sep 2012SouthamptonThe Rose Bowl, 9th Oct 2012KentBrands Hatch Circuit, 23rd Oct 2012LondonILEC Conference Centre,20th Nov 2012f2 FREELANCE PHOTOGRAPHER Vol 6 No 2 45

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