• Hi! I’m Slater

     

    I think it’s important to know what a person believes.

    And so, here’s what I believe, in 5 photographs.

    Feeling is at the heart of all good photography.

    After all, what else is there?

    You could pick correctness over love, or ideology over intimacy.

    Perhaps sufficiency over bliss, or information over beauty.

    But why would you want to do that?!

    We can’t do anything of value on our own.

    This photograph marks the first time that I worked with a top notch art director, and what struck me most was that what we made was greater than what we’d brought.

    No single person has a monopoly on good ideas or creativity, and it’s only together that we can achieve anything of value, because growth occurs in the gaps and slivers living monetarily between us.

    Life’s too short, not to have fun.

    I remember taking portraits for a breast cancer charity, and my models were, as a rule, dying. You’d think that the shoot would be full of doom and gloom, but in fact it was the opposite.

    It’s only the people who have already died, that are not enraptured by the flowers that they pass along the way.

    Portraits need connections.

    A portrait is a photograph of a person who has volunteered to share their state of being with the photographer. Whether they’re happy or sad – they have decided that they will show someone else who or what they are.

    It’s a disarming and, it must be said, a rather strenuous undertaking, and one not to be undertaken lightly. Without a connection of worth, it’s not gonna happen.

    Hard work is obligatory.

    Talent without hard work never gets up off the sofa. But I think it runs deeper than that, because hard work just means doing something that we’d rather not do.

    A creative endeavour isn’t like skiing down a mountain, or like eating cake, or popping a balloon. That might be the fun bit, but that’s not the creative bit.

    The creative bit is getting to the mountain early, or burning your fingers on the stove, or vainly searching for the right type of ballon. Without hard work, you can’t create something of worth.

    CLIENTS SAY:

     

     

    Yasemin Gibbs, Group Account Director, Thirty Three: 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.