James Greenberry

1. How did your interest in photography begin?

As a child growing up, whose father was a very keen and active member of Melton photographic society, I seemed to spend most of my early years growing up in front of a camera.  My father would take my brother and I to a range of motorsport events throughout the UK, it was only natural I would take to photography myself.  Whilst at university and even since, my friends know me as James, the one with the camera, I seemed to document everything through a lense.  On returning to the Melton area having moved away for 6 or 7 years, I decided to take photography a little further and make an effort to actually do something with these thousands of photographs I took, so on meeting someone who introduced me back to the club, I have made a point in thinking about my photography more and taking photo's with artistic reason and not just using images to document occasions or nights out with my friends.

2. What genres of photography are you more interested in?

As a keen sports enthusiast and active participant, I enjoy attending sporting events as a spectator across a range of sports from motorsport, football, tennis sailing amongst many others.  It seemed logical to use these events that I attend to practice my photography skills in a number of different settings and locations with all the different challenges that are brought about by sports photography.

Also, having grown up in the countryside in the Rutland and Melton Mowbray area, I have a keen appreciation of wildlife and have used the appreciation and knowledge as a thought provoking tool to plan my next photographic projects, photographing wildlife in different settings and locations.

3. What has been the highlight of your photographic journey?

Well every photographer enjoys winning club competitions which is great, however when the BBC featured a weather  image of mine  of storm Doris taken at Rutland Sailing club, I guess this was quite a cope.

4. Who has been an inspiration to you in your photography?

Without doubt my father, Kelvin Greenberry, a former member of Melton Mowbray Photographic club must be one of my main inspirations. Having grown up stood in front of a camera, being told to smile,  or when I stood by his side as I watched the photographs appear as he developed them in his own dark room at home or indeed the many sporting and photographic days out we had together with both my father and my brother, sometimes spending hours in the freezing cold, waiting for the RAC British Rally cars to pass by at break neck speed and then chasing them from stage to stage around the hills of Wales and throughout  the UK.  Professionally I also closely follow and gain inspiration from the photographic work of the professional photographers such as Andy Rouse and Andrew James.

5. What are your aspirations for the future?

I look forward to continuing my progress through the MMPS and enjoy the learning experiences of meeting the many photographers and the inspiration they bring with the images they take, whether it is fellow members or visiting professionals.  My aspirations for the future are to continue learning about the world of photography and experimenting by taking photographs in diverse locations around the UK and also use my travels around the world to experiment in different diverse and interesting locations throughout the world. 

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