In this photographer profile i will provide some details about how i became a photographer. 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.
Richard Flint Photography provides a number of services that range from editorial, promotional and documentary photography through to photograph repair, copying and retouching.
In recent years I have also 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.
My work has been used by community groups, magazines, local businesses and local media. However, images have also been supplied to individual clients such as musicians and authors.
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.
Enquiries regarding commissions, pricing, photograph repairs or services etc are always welcome – contact details can be found HERE.
Photography, Video and Audio
I use film and digital formats and see them as different sides of the same coin, however, both have advantages and disadvantages. I enjoy using those different formats and the results from using both mediums. Similarly, I work with many formats from the iPhone through to large format cameras.
My studies initially focused on documentary photography but later I became interested in other areas of photography and media production. One area I would like to explore further, however, is video production.
A long-term audio history community project I was involved with, produced an audio history archive, documenting and recording local community life from years past. The aim was to build up an audio history of the parish.
Recorded conversations with older residents were used as part of a local history exhibition. The audio history is a fascinating historical audio record of village life in North Yorkshire. Those recordings can be heard HERE.
The photography bug really kicked in when I was introduced to a darkroom at school and taught the process of making a photograph. The darkroom really fired up my passion for photography. Above all, it allowed me to control the creative process from start to finish.
In late 1991, I started my photographic education at Middlesbrough’s Cleveland College of Art studying TV, Film and Photography. This led onto a Higher National Diploma (HND) in photography and finally to a BA (Hons) qualification in photography.
Many of my influences come from the cinema, landscape painting and photojournalism.
The list of influences is huge. However, I especially admire the work of photographers such as Larry Burrows, Chris Killip, Peter Korniss, Philip Jones Griffiths, John Tordai and John Claridge, to name just a few.
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. Shot over a sixteen day period in June/July 2011, all of the photographs were taken using an iPhone.
Another planned book will bring together a collection of around forty to fifty 6×6 and 35mm photographs. The images were taken over a ten 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.
A book featuring 6×6 photography from the project is planned for release in 2020. More details about that long term photography project and a gallery of images taken around Norfolk can be found HERE.
Three photography books are planned for release in 2019; two books about Edinburgh and a photo zine of Norfolk images shot in 2016. Check the news section for updates.
More details about me and my photography can be found on this website or via the Richard Flint Photography weblog.
I launched the blog in 2007, which now has a large archive of posts covering classic and contemporary photography, photographer profiles, links, reviews and more. However, there are some other blogs that deserve a mention.
A second photography blog called Darker Skies has a more personal perspective. It features an assortment of my own photography, both film and digital, as well as the occasional musing on a photography issue.
Darker Skies was originally launched to post darker, dramatic styles of colour and monochrome photography that I love so much. However, the site has gradually taken on a role of its own as a photo scrapbook and photography blog. In addition, it has become the home of the podcast links page.
The final photography blog on Tumblr is called 50MM. It’s a mixture of new images and influential photography by photographers.
My interests include aviation, running, chess, cinema and history. I love collecting books and especially like a good rummage around a good second-hand book shop. Travel is something I enjoy and I especially love the Scottish Highlands. I feel most at home around lochs, mountains, moors and forests.
Richard Flint Photography can be found on Twitter as @richflintphoto where photo essays, news photographs and status updates are posted regularly.
The Richard Flint Instagram feed contains a growing collection of regularly updated images and has a large archive of over 800 images going back to 2012.
More Richard Flint Photography related websites can be found via the links page.