Colin Clarke

Colin Clarke

I started my photographic journey in 1966 at the age of 17. Initially working in London’s West End studios, I was fortunate to work as an assistant to some of the period’s great photographers, most notably Norman Parkinson. I mixed this with freelance work in various commercial sectors and aboard cruise ships.

I decided to make the move to cinematography in 1973 and won a place at the then-new National Film School. By 1979 I was freelancing as a director of photography and film cameraman. I have shot more than 200 TV documentaries filming in over 90 countries, often in extreme conditions, as well as many dramas, music videos and commercials.

For the last 10 years, I have predominantly returned to my roots in stills, photographing portraits and personally generated projects.

For me, an image has to do much more than to capture a likeness or record a scene. It is the coming together of multiple elements within an instant. Content is all important, as is the interaction between subject and photographer. But to make a photo outstanding one must catch the mood through mastery of composition and lighting.

Every photographer should develop a style that is their own. In my case, I have been told, the decades of working with the moving image give my photography a filmic look, especially the lighting and a sequential approach to documentary.

Photography is my passion and I will continue to make pictures of subjects that interest me, as well as giving presentations at camera clubs and the like.