My introduction to photography started with the purchase of a small, plastic 126 film camera from a small chemist shop in the historic town of Conwy, North Wales while on holiday with my parents in 1984. A couple of film cameras later i was introduced to the darkroom at school where my love for the creative photography process really started to kick in.
The photography bug really kicked in when i was introduced to a darkroom at school and taught the process of making a photograph. It just seemed so magical that an image could suddenly appear out of nowhere. The darkroom really fired up my passion for photography, allowing me to control the creative process from start to finish. I realised at that point that photography was what i wanted to do as a career.
In late 1991, I went into further education to learn photography. I started my photographic education at Middlesbrough’s Cleveland College of Art studying TV, Film and Photography, which eventually led onto a Higher National Diploma (HND) and finally to a BA (Hons) qualification in photography.
Established in 2001, Richard Flint Photography was located in North Yorkshire for sixteen years before moving up to County Durham in the summer of 2017 after the death of my mother, the previous year.
Richard Flint Photography provides a number of services that range from editorial/documentary photography through to photograph repair, copying and retouching. In recent years i have started to contribute images to stock photography agencies including Getty Images.
Previous clients include: The British Army, British Telecom, ClearStory, Influential Concepts and Communications, Faversham House Group, Chadwick Lawrence and community groups, magazines, local businesses and individuals including musicians, authors and local media.
Enquiries regarding commissions, pricing, photograph repairs or services etc are always welcome – contact details can be found HERE.I use both film and digital formats and see them as different sides of the same coin, with both having advantages and disadvantages. It’s about enjoying the different experiences using those formats and the results of using both mediums. I work with many formats from the iPhone through to large format cameras. For me, it’s the final image that matters and not the equipment used to capture it.
My studies initially focused on documentary photography but later I became interested in other areas of photography and media production. I’ve a strong interest in multimedia, mixing audio, video, photography and the internet, to create new ways of presenting media.
A long-term audio community project I was involved with, produced an audio history archive, documenting and recording local community life from years past, using recorded conversations with older residents as part of a local history exhibition. The audio history provided a fascinating listening experience and will create a fascinating soundtrack to any future multimedia production.
My first photography book was released in 2011 called Sea, Sky, Sand and Street and it can purchased via Blurb and the iTunes iBookstore. The 80 page book features over 70 landscape, street and documentary images shot in a variety of rural, urban and coastal locations along the north Norfolk coast, over a sixteen day period in June/July 2011. All of the photographs were taken using an iPhone.
A second planned book, currently being put together, will bring together a collection of around forty to fifty 6×6 and 35mm photographs taken over an eleven year period as part of the long running Norfolk photography project. The Norfolk Project book will bring together a collection of documentary and landscape images, shot in a variety of locations between 2001 and 2011. More details about that long term photography project and a gallery of images taken around Norfolk can be found HERE.
Many of my influences come from film making, cinema, reportage and advertising photography. The list of influences is huge, but I especially admire the work of photographers like Larry Burrows, Chris Killip, Peter Korniss, Philip Jones Griffiths, John Tordai, Steve McCurry and John Claridge, to name just a few.
More details about me and my photography can be found on this website or via the Richard Flint Photography weblog, which started in 2007, and features a large archive of posts covering classic and contemporary photography, influential photographer profiles, links, reviews and more.
A second photography blog called Darker Skies offers a more personal perspective, acts as a mobile blogging platform and also features an assortment of my own photography, both film and digital, as well as the occasional musing on a photography issue.
A final photography blog on Tumblr called 50MM posts most days, and features what can only be described as an archive of photography miscellany from around the internet – a mixture of contemporary photography, photojournalism, mobile photography, influential photography by photographers old and new, videos and website links – gathered from all sorts of places.
Away of photography, my interests include aviation, camping, running, chess, cinema, travel and history focusing mainly on medieval, English civil war, Scottish history and military subject matter. I love books and especially like a good rummage around a good second-hand book shop. I also enjoy the great outdoors with the highlands of Scotland being a place i’m especially fond of.
Richard Flint Photography can be found on Twitter where links to photo essays, news photographs, photography and multimedia videos and status updates are regularly posted daily.
The Richard Flint Instagram feed contains a growing collection of regularly updated images and a large archive of nearly 800 images going back to 2012.
More Richard Flint Photography related websites can be found via the links page.