ROSS GRIEVE - FSWPP
Portrait Photographer, Commercial Photographer, Street Photographer and Educator.From the age of 14 I was always fascinated with the science behind getting a print onto paper. I’m not talking about ink jet, I’m talking about that chemical process of exposing the paper correctly and seeing the image appear in front of you as the paper is bathed in developer.
When I was 15 I joined the Camera Club at my high school, I was hooked, the inner geek came out in me. Learning the skills was something that lit a spark, and from that age of 15 I said to myself, I want to have my own photography business, become a photographer. Not for the glamorous lifestyle, but for the love of making images.
My parents don’t have a creative bone in their bodies, but they encouraged me. They could see I loved it, they could see that passion abut photography in my eyes.
The following year I decided I wanted to do Art as my main subject in the 7th form, little did I know till after my portfolio was marked that my Art Teacher had given me the wrong syllabus and only half of my portfolio was marked. At the time I was so disappointed, but over time this actually gave me a different set of skills which I could apply to my photography.
We don’t always start in our dream job of choice, and I spent three years in retail and one as a graphic artist. Those three retail years were brilliant for people skills and learning to deal with and read people, all skills that as photographers we use every day.
Skip forward to the present day, I have been a photographer for almost 25 years. I love it, the people you meet, the stories we share. As photographers, no matter what genre you’re into, we are all some kind of historian. But to make this even more effective we need to ensure that those memories don't stay on a hard drive, we need to get them printed. I guess I’ve always loved seeing images printed, they are more appeasing and much easier to access, especially if they are on show in your home. Print is king and will always be in my mind.
Ross is a Fellow of The Societies of Wedding and Portrait Photographers (SWPP)