Outside interest: Photography

Written by: Jez Abbott
Published on: 24 Jun 2015

Grant LeggettBoyer director Grant Leggett has been taking photos for some time but only in the last three of four years has he raised his amateur game to an avid and accomplished interest. "My fiance says photography has become my mid-life crisis; some people buy flashy cars, I grabbed a camera," he explains. 

How did you get into photography?

I'd been taking photos on and off for some time but the birth of my daughter, Aubrey, nine months ago was source of great inspiration. The wider world also fascinates me; I recently had a wonderful shoot early in the morning, when the light is best, in Highgate Cemetery. 

What does it involve?

I try to take my camera wherever I go and have studied a few online diplomas. You have to pick your time to take photos, research places and subject matter and be patient: it's about catching the right light at the right time at the right angle.

Why do you do it?

To start with I enjoyed the art and science of photography; it's relaxing to balance artistic elements such as image composition and technical requirements. And then my daughter was born and I suddenly had the urge to capture everything as she grew up – it gave me more purpose than merely putting images up on Facebook.

What’s the toughest thing about it?

Finding the time to do photography is very hard, especially with a family. Also, I do not see myself as naturally artistic, so honing areas like composition doesn't always come easily.

What’s the most rewarding thing about it?

Seeing something you've created that works is really rewarding, as is capturing a moment that is very special to you. 

Are there any similarities between your day job and photography?

Both disciplines involve a mix of art and science: you need technical mastery and creative flair. Planning is often seen as a kind of regulatory job about policies and laws and things that are black and white, whereas for me the profession is much more about bringing people together and taking them on a journey.

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