Mike Sewell, pictured left, is one of four photographers to leave the Leicester Mercury after new owner Trinity Mirror announced plans in February to increase the use of contributed picture content within the paper.
The Mercury’s photographic department has gone from a chief photographer, four full-time photographers and two part-time photographers to a new team of one picture curator (previously chief photographer), one full-time and one part-time photographer.
After a consultation into the proposals was launched, Mike decided to take VR and launch his own business as a freelance editorial and commercial photographer.
Writing on his personal blog, he said: “Redundancy is a scary word, but only if you let it. I am genuinely excited to start a fresh today working with some fantastic new and creative clients.
“I am happy, of course, for my new beginning but I am also sad to be leaving such amazing team at the Leicester Mercury. It has been my pleasure to work with some of the most talented journalists, photographers and designers in the industry and it is due to their dedication that the Leicester Mercury has been a brilliant newspaper.
“As well as my colleagues at the newspaper I have made so many wonderful friends over my years working in Leicester and its beautiful county. Through the stories I have covered for the Leicester Mercury it has been my privilege to meet some amazing people and witness truly incredible events.
“Each working day was an education. I have learned so much about Leicester’s communities, its businesses, its sporting talent and its diversity. I have done things and been to places which I would never have experienced and I am grateful to the people of Leicestershire for making me feel so welcome.
“I realise it’s a bit strange having a camera stuck in your face and being told what to do and how to pose so to all of my willing and unwilling models, I thank you very much. Thank you Leicester, you’ve been brilliant.”