The first photographer I ever loved...

I remember when I first discovered Will McBride. I was at University in Manchester studying Foundation Art & Design and at that time had no intention of continuing to study photography. In fact, I was torn between fashion and fine art...oh, and not studying at all, but I was heavily into the sixties and loved everything and anything that represented that era.

Mc Bride's series of photos from his time in Berlin in the late 1950's and 1960's really stood out for me. Particularly the photos in this post. It was probably the first time I had ever looked at an image and wanted to 'be there', actually be part of that photograph. He just captured his life, his friends, that time, so beautifully.

Will Mc Bride has been on my mind as I've been thinking a lot about who and what inspires me now. I'm feeling the need to take the 'wedding photography' blinkers off for a while and remind myself of all my other photography loves.

I am a photographer. That shoots weddings.

"A Photographer has only one thing to give to his photography. His whole being. The photographs should be the result of this involvement with the life around him." Will Mc Bride.

All images: © Will Mc Bride -