Mike Bartlett is an award winning freelance Photographer.
I started out as a photographer after I was given my first camera when I was just seven years old, a very basic Kodak film camera with a fixed lens, almost as big as I was and a far cry from the top of the range Nikon equipment and lenses I use today.
From that first day I started to discover the relationship between light and shadow, I marvelled at imagery and strove to craft beautiful, balanced pictures.
Over the years I took photographs at every opportunity. I travelled the world with a camera, photographing people and landscapes from Patagonia to Arizona, weddings as far and wide as Japan and India, demonstrations in London, festivals in Africa, mountains in China and the stunning wilderness of the high arctic.
Now based in Kent I made the move from semi-pro to pro in 2001 and today my assignments are journalistic, commercial and of course wedding photography in Kent, Surrey, Sussex and London. Wedding photography is something I really got into by accident a long time ago and thoroughly enjoy.
The three disciplines compliment each other and enhance my creativity.
My images have been used by many including Nikon and National Geographic. My work has been displayed at Photokina in Germany, the world’s number one photographic exhibition.
Hähnel industries, a leading manufacturer of products for digital cameras, use my profiles in their current brochure.
I am also a member of the National Union of Journalists Freelance section.
As far as photography is concerned it’s not just a job, it’s my life and my life is a continuous living adventure.
Everything I have learned through the years is reflected in everything I do.