Introducing: Mark Stimpson

Mark Stimpson. based in Norwich but shooting all over East Anglia

 I started going to see bands perform live in my teens. There’s something special about a live performance and I often wished I could capture some of that magic. So when my dad gave me an old Zenit E I started smuggling it into gigs whenever I could, the thrill shooting and then the excitement of getting the photos back from the developers was addictive. In 2001 I bought my first digital camera, an Olympus E10. Later that year I won my first photographic competition with a photograph of Chris De Burgh.

I started taking my photography more seriously in 2008 when I was made redundant. Since then I’ve got to know a number of local bands, promotors and venues who I have worked for. In addition, for the last 18 months I’ve been a photographer for VMS.

I was awarded the Licentiate (LRPS) distinction from the Royal Photographic Society in 2016 and I’m currently working towards my Associate distinction.

I currently use a Canon 5d MK3 and MK2 as a back-up. The 24-70 f2.8 is my go to lens but I often use a 70-200 f2.8. My next purchase will be a fish eye and at some point I’ll move to mirrorless 

I really love music photography because of the energy and atmosphere. No two shows are the same. I like the challenge that shooting low light presents. If I can, I try to capture the interaction between performers and audience.

There are too many names on my bucket list, Rolling Stones, The Killers, Kings of Leon, Taylor Swift etc. I’d really like to shoot a few festivals and have the opportunity to tour with a band.

My big pet hate is people who think its ok to steal your work. I shot a gig for a venue a couple of years ago. One of the support bands copied my photographs and posted them on social media. When I asked them to either removed them or pay and credit me to keep using them, they got upset and insisted that I should pay them to photograph them. Thankfully it’s only happened a couple of times.

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