Full time social media expert and trainer. Part time real ale drinker. From my personal project "A Portrait Of Birmingham".
This is Mike Gates. Full time printer and rebel, part time musician. From my personal project, "A Portrait Of A City".
There are some jobs in the world where you think how on earth did they end up doing that, and then the thought process goes on to think, why would they do that. As a kid I remember dreaming of being a racing driver or a rally driver but not once did it ever cross my mind to sit in the seat next to the driver, I mean why would you? Hurtling past trees in excess of 100 mph with absolutely no control of the outcome. Meet Andy Bull, the co- driver. The film was shot as part of my entry to the "My Rode Reel" film competition. Sadly I didn't win the global award but I did finish 2nd in the UK in the voted for competition. Big thanks to the team of Peter Austin - Director of Photography, Mark Zaccarria - drone pilot, Jack Painter - assistant, Seb Perez - Driver and of course Andy Bull - co driver.
As part of the film entry I had to submit a BTS film featuring our Rode microphones. If you want to see the team and our love of Wagon Wheels watch below...
I've always enjoyed personal projects, whether they are in depth complicated productions or as with this one, a more laid back and go with the flow affair. I had the fantastic privilege to spend a day following the trials and tribulations of the semi pro team at Berkswell Cricket Club, photographing some of their ex England and county players, Aussie county level and aspirational cricketers. I wanted to keep the photo shoot at a discrete level so the players would relax and let me peak behind the curtain of their game. I wanted to see the real emotion, the anticipation, the delight and the exasperation. What I really wanted too was to produce a set of images that spoke to people who really understand the game and its intricacies, not the big hook shot you see in the newspapers but the little things that make it such a wonderful game to play and experience.