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Camera House : Better Pictures 13
master craftsman From commercial photographer to landscape artist and Canon Master, Mike Langford’s career as a pro shooter is as diverse as his subjects. Forall photographers who started their photographic journey late in life, Canon Master Mike Langford should serve as inspiration. The much lauded and award-winning shooter was in his late 20s before he decided that photography was his calling. Unlike most photographers, Langford’s family was not a snap happy one – indeed, he remembers more photographic misfortunes than successes. It seems his dad would often end up with a roll of unusable negatives at the end of a family holiday or special occasion, as he would have forgotten to wind on the film properly. Langford was 22 before he even owned a camera. “I didn’t start shooting seriously until I was 28, at which stage I went back to design school and did a two-year post graduate diploma. Since then all I have ever done is be a professional photographer.” Not that his early years were without photographic memories. He recalls an uncle who used to delight in showing off his holiday snaps in the form of ‘slide nights’. “This almost put me off any thoughts of being a photographer,” he ruefully admits. Fortunately his sister was there to provide some inspiration. “My sister had a copy of the ‘Family of Man’ exhibition catalogue, which I used to find myself flicking through and studying for hours at a time. It had a huge positive influence on me!” Feature canon master 14 014_Bpics13_landscapes_mike.indd 14 28/05/13 9:08 AM
Better Pictures 12
Better Pictures 14