Glenn Phillips, pictured left, is set to embark on a new freelance career after leaving the Wiltshire Times.
His was one of six photographer and picture desk roles axed at a series of Newsquest titles earlier this summer.
The Swindon Advertiser, Wiltshire Gazette and Herald and Wiltshire Times reduced the number of staff photographers from six to two, with the picture editor and picture desk assistant roles also disappearing.
Glenn has now set up his own freelance photography business in Wiltshire.
He told HTFP: “To be honest I’m already missing being in the office with people, reporters and the buzz of the newsroom.
“It is strange at the moment not being able to sit there and throw ideas about. Maybe that will come back.
“I’m going to be back out on the road meeting people again, but it’s a bit of a shock after 30 years.”
When asked what his fondest memories were of his time in the regional press, Glenn joked: “Not the office coffee machine.
“It is the people, the new reporters you take on and coach them along a bit and give them a few pointers.”
Glenn’s photographic subjects during his time at the Times included Oscar-winning actor Sir Anthony Hopkins, and Lebanon hostages Terry Waite and John McCarthy.
He began his careert the Ashton-under-Lyne Reporter series, passing his driving test the day before the interview, after training on the NCTJ course at Sheffield’s Richmond College.
While at Ashton he met his wife Alison, a journalist on the Reporter, and the couple married in 1984.
Glenn moved to the Trowbridge-based Times the following year.