About Photographer Scott Ramsey
Photography for me is about creating a set of photographs that tell a story. Whether it be a man cutting down a tree in a forest, a boy having fun riding his bike or a business man in his office. Photographic styles change but a great photo will always stay a great photo. Think of all the photographs you have ever seen, in particular the images that you liked. How would you describe them? What makes them a good photograph? For me it has show emotion, be interesting and grab my attention and above all have the ability to transport me to the very moment and location where the picture was taken.
I grew up in West Sussex listening to stories from one of the best photographers ever. Could it be someone like Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Capa, David Bailey? I hear you ask. No chance they didn't have a patch on this photographer.
he best photographer in the world was my Dad. Now I appreciate I could be accused of being slightly biased but honestly my dad 's photographs, stories and life was amazing. He photographed prime ministers, members of the royal family, celebrities like Oliver Reed, a little worse for wear on the roof of a hotel. Even the mods and rockers rioting in Brighton and terrible disasters like Aberfan. One such story, during his time covering Aberfan, happened on about the fourth day at the scene of the disaster. Everyone was moved from one of the school playing fields and told to keep back. A helicopter appeared on the horizon and headed towards the playing field, “..a rare thing in those days” he told me. The helicopter touched down and out stepped a photographer loaded down with cameras looking like he had just arrived from a war zone! He turned out to be from Life, the greatest ‘picture’ magazine ever published. But apart from looking the part and making a grand entrance he scooped all the other photographers and took a very powerful and poignant photograph of several small coffins at one of the many funerals that was held a few days later. The thing is he had the empathy, integrity and professional skills to take a photograph that no one else could. And if it shocked people, then all the better as then it would serve a purpose and hopefully create a change and make people find a way for such a terrible thing to never happen again.
So as you can imagine growing up this way certainly had an affect on me. I picked up a camera aged around 10 and starting taking photos. I'm going to sound really old now but back then digital cameras didn't exist and auto focus was a dream. You had to load film and process your own photographs. So I saved my pocket money up and built a darkroom and managed to earn some extra cash washing cars and cutting the neighbours lawn. I started sending some of my photos to the local newspapers and every now and again they got published and i even got paid me a few quid. At the age of 13, I managed to talk my way into a week of work experience at the Daily Mirror in London. It was my first time in London and being only aged 13 I'm not ashamed to say it was a little daunting taking the underground everyday. But I knuckled down and got on with it. On the first day I nearly got stuck in a revolving door with a young lady, it's a long story and for the sake of time I'll just put it down to my nerves. By day three I had been taken under the wing of the picture editor Len Greener and was having a great time. Unfortunately in all the excitement I had forgotten to call home that morning and let my mum know how things where going. Now I can't blame my mum, it was truly my fault for not calling her, but deciding to ring up the picture desk of the Daily Mirror half an hour before deadline to speak to her son was probably a little badly timed. Still Len laughed about it in the end. So the week carried on and I shadowed photographers around London trying to learn as much as possible. At the end of the week I was delighted when a staff photographer suggested that my photo of Anthea Turner should be used instead of his . I'm sure he was just being kind but never the less he was true to his word and the photograph was published and I even got paid for it.
If I wasn't sure already this really had made my mind up. I was going to be a photographer. Now returning to school was a little demoralising. But I persevered taking photos and finding out how to become a newspaper photographer. I remember talking to the careers teacher for some advice but the conversation only lasted a few minutes as How to Become Newspaper Photographer was not in her book of career advice. I came to conclusion early that if I was going to become a photographer I would have to do it myself. I left school at 16 and on the last day had a conversation with the head of 6th form. "Will you be joining us next year" he asked? "No" I replied "I'm leaving to become a photographer." He looked rather shocked "Oh well when that doesn't work out you can always return here."
I left school and a couple of months later was interviewed for a job as a junior photographer on the West Sussex Gazette in Arundel, West Sussex. The job was perfect and after buying a motorbike to enable me to get around I had my first job. Since then I've worked as a full time photographer on local and national newspapers. I've been a staff photographer at the South Wales Echo in Cardiff and during this time I was Highly Commended in both the Guinness Young Photographer of the Year section of the National Picture Editor’s Awards and also in the BT Welsh News Photographer of the Year Awards. I then joined the Ferrari Press Agency and worked my way up to the position of Chief Photographer. If I'm honest the newspaper industry had changed since I had started. I was spending more and more time sitting outside peoples houses than taking photos! I felt more like a Paparazzi than a photographer and photographing so called celebrities really was not my thing. So I left and set up my own business 10 years ago. And now specialise in corporate and family portraits, events, weddings, commercial and PR photography in London, Surrey, Sussex, Kent and throughout the UK. In my twenty plus year photography career, my photographs have been published in all of the UK national newspapers. I have had front page photos, covered riots, royal visits, lottery winners, sporting events, floods, good times and bad times. I have had the pleasure to meet and photograph people from all walks of life, from millionaires and politicians to the homeless. Every single day is different and I never stop learning. My photos tell a story, capture moments and show the best in people. I have the best job in the world and I'm lucky to be part of some of the most important moments of people's lives. I know that I have the best job in the world. And I couldn't have done it without the love and support of both my Mum and Dad who have always been their for me with words of wisdom, encouragement and a can do attitude.
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