The Fujiholics Admin Team

The Fujiholics community is maintained by a small group of individuals motivated by their passion for image making and a shared love for all things Fujifilm.

What got you started in photography?

I got started in photography at about 8 years old, my parents gave me a camera at a very young age to give me an interest because I was dyslexic and I soon became amazed at the fact you could develop and print your own images. I was never very academic and always more creative, so very quickly fell in love with black and white photography and was inspired by the photographs my parents and my Uncle used to take.

Do you have a preferred genre and why?

I have always been fascinated by people so much so that even though I love landscape photography, I always feel there is something missing. I also don’t like posed or set up images of people or over processed or graphic art photoshopped images, so I guess I was born to shoot candid street photography. I have fallen in Love with street over the years and its become my addiction. I get really bad withdraw symptoms if i don’t get out and shoot people and I also really enjoy the social aspect of street and travel photography.

What is your role within Fujiholics?

I am the founder of Fujiholics and also the Director of Fujiholics Ltd, the company.  I try to be as hands on as possible, so I manage all the Social Media Channels myself with a little help form my amazing admin team. I try to keep a balance between what I want for the company and what I know the Fujiholics want. I know I can’t please everyone so don’t even try. I like to think by managing the social side of the community myself, with the right team, we keep the right balance for the whole community across all platforms.

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Email Matt

What got you started in photography?

A holiday to a beautiful destination where all I had was a very poor point and shoot digital camera. The day I got back from this holiday I went to the local camera shop and bought my first DSLR. Things really took off for me about 5 years ago when I developed a real passion for photography, helped in part by the purchase of an X-Pro1 and picking up a copy of ‘The Portfolios of Ansel Adams’.

I’ve got to a point now where photography is part of my life rather than just a hobby. I’m not a professional photographer, just an amateur with a desire to produce great images and hopefully pass on a bit of knowledge and passion along the way.

Do you have a preferred genre and why?

Initially I concentrated on landscape photography. This was due to the inspiration I found from Ansel Adams work. I would say that this is where my strength lies and I find huge enjoyment planning trips and visiting new locations. The British landscape is incredibly varied. From the Highlands of Scotland to the coastal towns and small fishing villages of the Cornish coastline. These incredible locations combined with the ever changing British weather provide me with all the inspiration I need.

I have also spent time building my knowledge of Street Photography. This was also how I met Matt Hart and how my involvement with Fujiholics began.

What is your role within Fujiholics?

Initially I was just an admin for the Facebook group but this has evolved over time. I help the rest of the Admin team who are all superb and work really hard to maintain the high standards within the group and ensure that the group rules are followed. I also help out with the photo walks and workshops whenever possible. I run my own business unrelated to photography so have to balance my time carefully. I also have a young family so a lot of my time is devoted to them. Many of the blog posts, workshop planning and my own photo editing is done late at night when everyone has gone to bed. I have been known to go right through the night!

I really enjoy my involvement with Fujiholics. It has helped me to build new friendships and given me the chance to interact with some truly brilliant photographers. The Fujiholics community gets better every year so long may it continue.

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Email Matt

What got you started in photography?

I kid you not, the way a lens turns onto the camera body with a clunk, metal to metal, I’m a gadget man, as soon I felt and heard this, I knew I was hooked!

Do you have a preferred genre and why?

In this mad mixed up world I much prefer females, people think I’m gay, but I’m not!

What is your role within Fujiholics?

I bring very little to the Fujiholics table, but my self attention seeking ways.

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Email Lee

What got you started in photography?

I started off in Photography as a teenager back in the 70s and never looked back. I spent most of my working life as a police photographer  and crime scene investigator. I now only do photography part time, but the passion has never left me.

Do you have a preferred genre and why?

I now mostly do live music photography and shoot for a number of web based music blogs. Ive been lucky to photograph some big artists and covered quite a few big festivals. Music is my second passion after photography, so to combine the two is like a dream come true for me. I still get the same buzz on my way to a gig or festival no matter how big or small.

What is your role within Fujiholics?

I’m admin on the social media sites along with some great photographers. I have held quite a number of Gig Photography workshops dating back to 2015 at The Studio, Widnes. I also held a portrait photography workshop at WEX Manchester in 2018 and try and help out at photo walks throughout the year.

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Email Warren

What got you started in photography?

I have always enjoyed taking photographs, my Dad was a keen photographer and I was given a Kodak Brownie 127 when I was 6 and my first Polaroid when I was 8. I have always wanted to capture moments on film, but it was only when I went back to college to do my A-Level when I was 30 that I started to think this was something I might actually be able to do to a reasonable standard and tell stories. I have been hooked ever since and when I’m not taking phots I can often be found with my nose in a photography book or wandering around a gallery.

Do you have a preferred genre and why?

Not really , although I tend to be drawn to people in all forms – portrait, street, documentary, fine art.  These tend to fit with my love of a narrative and a story in my work.  I would like to do more landscape, but I’m not sure I have the patience to be really good at it.

What is your role within Fujiholics?

Anything Matt asks me to do…..

I am an admin on the social media groups and worked extensively on HIPFest 2018. In 2019, I am hoping to involved in organising more events and workshops (maybe even actively taking part) and helping out with walks. I love being part of this group and all the people I have met through it.

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Email Claire

What got you started in photography?

I have always had a fascination with photography, but it wasn’t until I bought myself a DSLR about 10 years ago that I really started to make it a hobby.  I remember going off one day and heading to a beach location nearby for the sunset.  When I arrived I found a number of other photographers were also there and they were so friendly and helpful that I immediately felt comfortable with the idea of taking photographs.  There was one guy who showed me a long exposure shot that he had captured and I thought then, that this was something I wanted to emulate.

Do you have a preferred genre and why?

I love street photography and would really like to become more accomplished, as for me it’s about the story that a great street image tells. I also love long exposure landscape and seascape imagery, especially when it is done at its very best with clean simple lines and tones.

What is your role within Fujiholics?

I’m a recent recruit to the team and am concentrating on working with the rest of the admins to develop the website. Alongside this, I am working with Matt and the team to develop the marketing of Fujiholics, to ensure that we can sustain the group as it develops and grows.

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Email Andrew