What first drew you to photography?
My uncle and father are both keen photographers and when I was very small, my uncle would take pictures of me and super impose me onto Christmas cards and things like that. I’ve always been interested from a very small age. I have a copy of the Christmas card from when I was two!
Monte Carlo or Bust! by Mike Hall
What is your favourite photographic memory, and why?
The first time someone said to me that a shot of mine really spoke to them was a shot I took in London, the night of the Charlie Hebdo attack in Paris. I was in Trafalgar Square with my camera, with press crews everywhere. The shot I took of people standing with their pencils in the air had such defiance to it. It’s one of my all time favourites.
Who is your favourite photographer, and why?
Gregory Nolan – he’s a photographer based out on the west coast of the US. He’s a music photographer, and tours with bands like Bastille. His work is amazing, and now he also covers not for profit organisations too. He’s a fantastic photographer and friend.
Money Shot by Mike Hall
What would be your ideal camera, and where would you take it?
Well, I’d say you can never have an ideal camera, because there’s always a new one around the corner! I love my Olympus EM-5 mkii though. It’s a wolf in sheep’s clothing. It’s small, light, and packs a punch. And it has surprised a lot of people with full frames about how capable it is.
Tell us what you enjoy most about your own work, and what has inspired you recently.
I love the diversity. I did a Photo 365 project last year which really pushed me. I had to find a shot every day, rain or shine. Sometimes that was easier than others. Recently, I’ve shot music festivals, charity events, even portraits of celebrities such as Kate Adie and Loyd Grossman. All different, all fun.
Gathering Storm by Mike Hall
Do you have bursts of creativity – and when/where are you most creative?
Yes, I do have bursts of creativity and really, it depends on how busy I am with everything else. I was on holiday in France and had the opportunity to see different things and go to unexpected places. It relit the pilot light. I got some great shots!
What are the most important elements of a successful photo?
It very much depends on what you’re after, but obviously, focus, light, a clear sense of purpose are important. The rule of thirds works well for many shots and I try to compose images which have a strong flow to them.
Tell us about your favourite photograph, either your own or someone else’s, and please send us a copy/link from their website if you have can!
I’ll throw in one of my own. It’s called Defiance, which I mentioned earlier.
How do you spend a creative day?
I am either shooting or editing, sometimes both. I start with black coffee, some toast probably, some music to suit my mood and when I am editing, I will quickly sort images – duds to maybes to ones I am definite about . I’ll work on ones I can make amazing, and come back to others I am not sure about. Then I’ll wander into town, get some air and come back to it a while later.
Big Bee by Mike Hall