It’s not every day you meet a real-life hero – but here’s Press Camera Club member Andrew Briggs shaking hands with Apollo 13 astronaut Jim Lovell.
Jim Lovell was the astronaut on the ill-fated Apollo 13 mission, whose drama was made into a Hollywood movie with Jim played by Tom Hanks.
Andrew shared the photo with us alongside a set of his own favorite images for our regular Behind the Lens feature, where Press Camera Club members tell us about their passion and share their favorite photos.
Here is Andrew’s story:
Where do you live?
What is your age
I am a retired rail supervisor but work part-time as a delivery driver for York Motor Factors
When and why did you start photography?
I’ve always been interested in photography, but I’ve had a lot more time to focus on going out with the camera in recent years, especially since I now only work part-time.
Why do you love taking pictures?
I love being in the field with my camera. It’s freedom and fresh air, combined with spectacular landscapes. I love the sea and I love being in the mountains where you can forget about everyday life and focus on your surroundings.
What equipment do you use?
My main camera is a Canon 6D MK2. I also have several lenses that I use depending on the setting.
What is your favorite photo you took?
My favorite is the photo of Loch Fada, on the Isle of Skye, with the Old Man of Storr in the background. It was too early and I was being eaten alive by mosquitoes. But it was worth it!
What is your favorite place to take pictures?
The Highlands and Islands of Scotland, no doubt. There is everything a landscape photographer could want. I feel so at home and immersed every time I visit.
When and why did you join The Press Camera Club?
May 2018. It’s always good to show your photos in the hope that other people will like them. I also like to see photos from other photographers in the group. Many of them are really impressive.
If you could photograph anyone or anywhere, who/what would it be and why?
I’m finally going to Iceland next year and would love to go to northern Norway at some point. The northern lights are calling me!
What advice would you give to anyone looking to get into the world of photography?
Get outside and have fun. Modern phone cameras take excellent pictures. If you are more into photography I would suggest a DSLR or Mirrorless because they have more creative options. But whatever camera you use, take pictures for yourself. It’s very addictive.
Anything else you want to tell us?
If anyone is interested in seeing more of my photos, they can be viewed at https://yorkieand.picfair.com/
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