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Photographic Inspirations

Questions for Richard Nelmes

Richard Nelmes is sports photographer I have been working with at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry. He spent 20 years at the Coventry Telegraph where he won three Midlands Sports Photographer of the Year awards and also won Community Photographer of the Year. He left in 2008 to form Inpress Images and is now working freelance and has been for the last 3 years.

Since meeting Richard I have asked him many questions about his work and I am fascinated with his responses. He said he wouldn’t mind if I emailed him a few interview questions.

What influenced you to become a sports photographer?

How would you explain the main difference between working with film and working with digital to capture sports?

Do you miss the days of working with film? If so, how?

Have you ever had one of your photographs used incorrectly by the Coventry Telegraph such as cropping or misleading text overlaying the image?

What motivates you to keep working freelance as aposed to working for a company?

What has been the most exciting part of your carea?

How do you see the game when your photographing it? Do you see the movement, beauty and composition or do you find yourself focusing on the game itself?

Would you describe some of your images as fine art rather than to documentary?

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