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SPECIAL: Simons shows the love between a mother and her child

FOR PHOTOGRAPHER Ernest Simons photography is not about trying to get a picture of a celebrity, but about trying to create a visual story through one image.

In 2011, the Croydon-born snapper became the official photographer of the Black Stars, otherwise known as Ghana football team, and he won a Ghana UK Based Achievement (GUBA) award for Best Photographer in November last year.

The 34-year-old spoke to The Voice about why he dedicated his award to his mother.

How did it feel to win a GUBA award?

ES: “I’m very proud. To be recognised as a GUBA award winner is a humbling thing. I dedicated that award to my mother. She just kept telling me to push and gave me the drive, no matter how many times I was made redundant.”

Why did you choose photography as a profession?

ES: “I’ve been a photographer on and off for about 15 years, but I didn’t go professional until about four years ago. I didn’t consider myself as a photographer, because I was a graphic designer first and foremost, and I didn’t think I could do two things at once, so I just classified myself as a dude who took pictures.”


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What spurred you on to start your own company?

ES: “Not getting to where I wanted to be in the graphic design field and being made redundant four times. I got to the point where I thought, ‘how many times can you get made redundant?’

But if I wasn’t made redundant, I wouldn’t have done something crazy like buy a ticket to South Africa and see if I could be the photographer for the Black Stars last year. I think that came out of pure frustration.”

Your impulsive actions paid off. Has working with the Black Stars changed your work life?

ES: “The competitions are short lived, so I have to be smart in terms of sustaining my business. I know what my main strengths are, and as a photographer you have to have your specific focus. Mine is sport and fashion, but that doesn’t mean I wouldn’t do wedding photography too.”


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Do you have a favorite photograph that you have taken?

ES: “I have a portrait that I took of a lady and her son. I only booked her in for an hour-and-a-half, but we were shooting for about five hours. It was sheer delight to see the bond between the mother and son, the images were captivating.

I ended up giving her the photos for free because they were so good. Every time I do an exhibition the picture gets sold. It’s so simple but the image shows the love between a mother and her child.”

Is there something you would like to take a picture of but haven’t been able to?

ES: “I wanted to shoot the royal wedding last year. I think I could have put a different twist on it. I have an idea for something special on their first anniversary, but unfortunately I don’t have the connections, so I’m waiting until I can get to them.”


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What is the hardest photograph that you have taken?

ES: “When Asamoah Gyan scored for Ghana against England at Wembley last March. I think I was in shock for 5.3 seconds. I realised history had been made and I had to get a shot that every Ghanaian could be proud of. I barged past about four other photographers, I blinked and I was in front of Gyan. He was trying to get to the crowd, the crowd were trying to pull him over, and I was in the middle.”

For more information visit www.ernestsimons.co.uk

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