• WHY DO I CHOOSE TO BE A PHOTOGRAPHER?

     

    Because of the people that I photograph, and the people that I work with.

     

    I find this last part particularly enjoyable, because it is a wonder to create something meaningful with other people. Working together and towards the same goal, with a group of talented and creative people is such a joy!

     

    But I also love meeting and chatting with the huge variety of people that I photograph – finding out what makes them tick, bringing into being a connection, and them allowing me to capture an intimate part of their lives – it’s a unique and privileged perspective.

    FROM PRISONS TO BOARDROOMS

     

    I also love the access that photography gives.

     

    From shooting in prisons, or parliaments, with prime ministers, princes or paupers, being inside boardrooms of banks and multinationals, or slums and social housing; ranging from operating theatres and nuclear power plants to schools and charities, in every continent world wide, it never ceases to amaze me how we’re all different, and yet all the same.

    THE JOURNEY CAN ALWAYS BE A BEAUTIFUL THING

     

    The final image captures only a split second, regardless of the number of hours and days that it took to get there – so why not enjoy the journey?

     

    Whether that’s the pre-prod meetings or conference calls, the train journeys or nights away, it can always be a beautiful thing.

     

    And once the shoot starts, I’m told that my sets and locations are always fun, energising and fertile places – places in which it’s comfortable for everyone to be open and to create.

    IT’S ALL IN THE FEELING

     

    Because after all, a successful photograph is just a feeling that has been bottled, and then been given permission to germinate inside the viewer. How can you consistently produce great images without them coming from true feelings?

     

    A lady that I once photographed because of her terminal breast cancer, wrote to the agency after our shoot “I must say I had a fantastic time, it was lovely, this is something I will remember for the rest of my life – however long I’ve got.

    I guess that we are all living on borrowed time. And all too often, we only realise that the free bar is about to close once the bar staff call time. I’d say it’s up to us to make the most out of what time we each have left.

     

    Which is why, I’m a photographer.

    CLIENTS SAY:

     

     

    Yasemin Gibbs, Group Account Director, Thirty Three RE: 6 stop around the world shoot for RBS.

    Faced with a complex project, multiple stakeholders, tight timeframes and unexpected challenges along the way, only Slater would have been able to deliver against a brief of this size and scale.
    The images were perfect. They captured the culture of the business and the personality of the individual. We couldn’t be happier with the end product.

     

     

    Paul Turner, Creative Director, Embrace

    We’ve worked with Slater for over 16 years. When it comes to capturing people and places, he’s one of the best. It’s not just the technical side (he’s very good there too), but really it’s all about his amazing people skills. He just gets the very best out of the people he’s photographing – with enthusiasm and an engaging personality that puts people at ease.

    Bottom line, he always delivers and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend him.

     

     

    Claire Biscard, Design Director, Spencer du Bois

    We have often found ourselves in what, to many, is a seemingly impossible location with a crazy deadline hanging over our heads. But I know we will always create something amazing and unique. I trust Slater instinctively.

     

     

    Lisa Summer-Hayes, Senior Manager Marketing and Campaigns, LSBU

    Over the years, I have worked with Slater across three different clients, and each time he has delivered outstanding images that have met often challenging briefs and working conditions. His enthusiasm and ability to capture people is second to none.

    We rarely use professional models, and Slater is adept at settling our real-life subjects so that they feel at ease in front of the camera. He handles these situations with tact, and his flexibility and initiative enable him to get the best out of people in what can be testing situations.

     

     

    Thomas Lawson, Chief Executive, Leap Confronting Conflict

    Slater’s incredibly high quality images have dramatically improved the impact of the websites, annual reports and publications of charities including the Terrence Higgins Trust, Prisoners Abroad, NAM and Leap Confronting Conflict.  As a result of his pictures, those organisations have punched far above their weight and have recruited new donors, influenced policy and secured new partners.
    His ability to get the best from vulnerable people, and so making them proud of their images, is exceptional.  It’s been a privilege to work with Slater since 1997.