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Tim Hinchliffe, Photographer.

So who the heck is Tim Hinchliffe, then? This here is the “About” page and I’m supposed to tell you about myself. Within reason. People often tell me how important it is to keep the personal stuff and the ‘work’ stuff separate. It makes sense for a lot of people I suppose, and in many cases the personal stuff is quite irrelevant anyway. If I was an electrician and you were hiring me to rewire the house, you’d want to know that I knew what I was doing and that I wasn’t going to burn your house down. A brief encomium from a satisfied customer to the effect that there’s no need to go count the spoons after I’ve gone, and we’re sorted.

Photography’s not quite like that. People Photography isn’t anyway. So you might want to know a bit about me at least. So here goes: Liverpool-born but I left before anyone noticed. Lived in South London for several decades without ever becoming a ‘Londoner’ and the original accent sneaks in very occasionally. Now residing in Whitstable, on the North Kent coast.

Interests include, oddly, photography but aside from that I also collect classic cameras of which I have loads. Actually I’d really rather have fewer cameras and more money, so if you ever see a camera featured on here that you like the look of, I’m always open to sensible offers.

My interests in Theatre and Photography started at pretty much the same time, and have been linked ever since. The first few weddings I did were people that knew me from the theatre groups I’ve been involved with. Obviously that has expanded a lot since, but it did intrigue me that a couple chose me to do their wedding on the basis of the pictures I’d taken of ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’.

As far as photography goes, I make no bones about it: I’m an observer. I observe then record. There are photographers who create art from a blank ‘canvas’. I admire them but that’s not me. I’m not making ‘Art’. I’m interpreting what already exists. Life is a long continuous series of moments; the skill of the observational photographer is in knowing instinctively (and instantly) which of those moments would make a good photograph, and which wouldn’t. Most of them wouldn’t.

The thing I always say, to the point that a lot of people wish I’d stop saying it, is this : A trained chimpanzee knows how to take a picture; a photographer knows when.