One to one
Every month we join a top pro for a one-day masterclass. This issue, Chris George joins top landscape photography Jeremy Walker for a summer shoot on the Somerset coast
shooting artist portraits for a magazine. After studying photography at Gloucester College of Art, he spent 10 years working in design studios in London and Northampton, with the aim of becoming an advertising photographer. The reality was that he ended up shooting commercial and industrial subjects. “I shot lots of shoes, photographed plenty of college prospectuses, and toured the country photographing countless bus shelters,” he reminisces.
It was when Jeremy set up on his own that he diversified into shooting landscapes. “When client work was quiet, I went out and shot stock – taking pictures of the power station at Nottingham or lorries on the motorway, for instance. It was still the golden era of stock photography – and I got my first library contract with the renowned Tony Stone agency, on the basis of three sunset images I had taken on holiday in California”.
One of his best-selling images was taken on a day trip with his mother – a shot of sillaging, with a red tractor with a yellow cutter creating diagonal lines across a green field of grass. Eventually stock became 80% of his income, so he moved back to the West Country, where he had grown up. “Dorset is also a great place to do photographic workshops – but that was more luck than judgement!” he laughs.
Today stock just makes up a very small part of Jeremy’s income. “Well over 50% of my income now comes from workshops and private tuition,” he explains. “This is supplemented by private sales of prints and commissioned work.” His latest venture is a book of images of ruined castles and other buildings shot within their landscape – it will combine around 100 old and new images, and will be published in early 2019.
After a tour around the boats in the harbour, made possible by the low www. digitalcameraworld.com