Mark Pain From Jes­sops to jet-set­ting sports pho­tog­ra­pher

NPhoto - - Special Feature -

“I faced a de­ci­sion to at the age of 19: whether to go to univer­sity to read English or col­lege to do a de­gree in pho­tog­ra­phy. In the end I did nei­ther. I con­verted my Satur­day job at Jes­sops in Kingston into a full-time one. As a bud­ding sports pho­tog­ra­pher I needed to ac­quire quite a lot of equip­ment and as a mem­ber of staff you could buy sec­ond-hand equip­ment that cus­tomers had part-ex­changed at a good price.

“I worked at the shop for two years. I spent ev­ery spare mo­ment shoot­ing sports events and was even­tu­ally able to put to­gether a port­fo­lio, which I took around all the Fleet Street pic­ture ed­i­tors. I was asked to shoot some foot­ball matches for var­i­ous news­pa­pers and ended up work­ing mostly for the Daily

Mir­ror and the Mailon-Sun­day. “The foot­ball matches back then were all on Satur­days which clashed with the big­gest sales day in the shop. Some­thing had to go. I risked ev­ery­thing and left the shop as soon as the Satur­day games be­came a more reg­u­lar thing. It was a tough de­ci­sion but one I’ve never re­gret­ted.”

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.