Today's feature is reality TV star, Rupert Frere. I know what you are thinking. Reality star? No, not that kind of reality star. Rupert was a contenstant on Sky TV's Master of Photography 2016. Within a few episodes of watching the show, it became obvious that Rupert was going to be a favourite, not just for his skill in photography, but for his friendly and humble demeanour. Rupert went on to become a runner-up so we decided to catch up with him to see what he's been up to.
1. Tell us a little about yourself.
I'm Rupert Frere, 36 years old, from London. I'm a serving British Army photographer.
2. What made you decide to apply for Master Photography?
My mate sent me a link so I thought why not. To be honest, I completely forgot about entering until I got told I'd been shortlisted
3. What was your first camera?
My first camera was a Canon 110e. Having the freedom to take my own photos was great, it made me feel very grown up.
4. Is there a photographer's work you admire?
Ian Forsyth is a Getty photographer from the North East, I often look to him for inspiration he lives and breaths photography.
5. Where is a favourite place you have photographed?
Afghanistan is an amazing place to photograph, everywhere you look there is another photo opportunity. War makes a great backdrop.
6. What's next on your destination list?
I'm currently on my way to Newcastle to photograph a car for DS Automobiles.
7. Do you have a quote that you live by?
If it moves, shoot it.
8. What advice would you give someone if they're thinking of leaving their 9-5 to pursue a career in photography?
See what there is out there and have a plan on what you are going to do. I'd say start of part time when you are confident you have enough business coming in then leave. It's not easy making a living as a photographer.
9. What do you like to eat for brunch?
I reserve brunch for hangovers so it's normally something dirty like a full English.
10. Is there anything else you'd like us to know about yourself?
I'm doing the London Marathon and hoping to raise enough money to send two families of wounded British soldiers to a retreat in America. The sponsorship link is https://bouldercrestretreat.donorpages.com/LondonMarathon2017/
You can also continue to catch up on what Rupert is doing on his website http://www.rupertfrere.com/ or follow him on Instagram and twitter.
All photographs above by Rupert Frere.