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Awesome creative alumni interviews with David Linley, David Yarrow, Sophie Ellis-Bextor and your ultimate Christmas gift guide make this our best edition yet!

Hungry EYES Photographer

Hungry EYES Photographer and alumnus of Marlborough College David Yarrow talks to Susannah Warren about becoming a collectible artist, how to get ahead in the age of Instagram and what makes a truly special picture you fall in love with someone, you don’t fall in love with them from 50 yards “When away. You fall in love with them two foot away,” says fine art photographer David Yarrow, who is renowned for his evocative and immersive monochrome images of the natural world. “The starting premise is always proximity. And then the eyes are the most important. Eyes tell a thousand stories.” It is Yarrow’s talent for storytelling and his ability to capture for posterity some of Earth’s most remote landscapes, cultures and wildlife that has made him one of the world’s most collectible photographers. His pictures don’t just happen, though. They are meticulously thought out. “Ninety-nine per cent of photographs are taken. People take photographs. Whereas I think I make photographs. I have a preconception in my head already of what I’m going to get, rather than turning up and seeing what’s going to happen.” “Photography’s not about a camera, it’s about putting yourself in the position to take a picture. That access comes through lots of things, nothing to do with photography: research, manners, patience…” For example, Yarrow has just returned from a shoot in Montana that has taken six years and ten trips to pull off: “We did leave thinking, no one else would know how to do these pictures.” He is also attempting to become the first Westerner to do a portrait of North Korean leader “People take photographs. Whereas I think I make photographs” Kim Jong-un: “It requires an awful lot of diplomacy, teaching photography to kids in Pyongyang – whatever it takes.” It’s this dogged determination, to go where no photographer has gone before in an effort to document something truly special and fresh, that got him his career-defining picture. Taken in 2015, Mankind captures a 25,000-strong Dinka cattle camp in South Sudan. “With photographers, it tends to be one image that really puts them on the map,” he says. “I needed to go from being decent and hard working and passionate to collectible, and I knew that I had to take a big image from somewhere that no-one else had been.” To get the shot Yarrow made a perilous journey, walking for hours in 42 degrees heat and wading through crocodile-infested waters before winning

PROFILE Above: The Cara shot for Tag Heuer Left: Yarrow in the field in Amboseli W I NTER 18 ★ 25