A regional daily photographer who is moving into teaching after taking voluntary redundancy has reflected on a quarter of a century’s work.
Mike Tipping shared his six favourite photographs from his time at The Press, York, in a piece in the Newsquest-owned title.
Mike’s departure comes as part of cutbacks by Newsquest, which will also see the current picture editor take early retirement and the number of staff photographers reduced from four to three.
Among his favourite photographic memories, Mike chose a snap of Archbishop Desmond Tutu and one of cricketer Darren Gough offering a cheeky hand gesture during a photo call, pictured below.
He said: “He didn’t know I was taking it.
“The official photo had just been taken and I was some distance away.
“I had been focusing on Gough because he was star of the show, then he began larking around.”
Discussing the art of being a good regional press photographer, he added: “It’s a different skills set to national newspapers, people skills especially.
“You wouldn’t be very effective without them.”
Mike is now set to take on a new job teaching his skills to a new generation of photographers.
Asked what he’ll miss most about the job, he replied: “The constant variety. In this job you never know what’s around the corner and I’ll also miss meeting people, whether famous or unfamous, criminals, the royal family and everything in between.”