ickledot takes photographs of people doin' stuff!
As you will have seen, the photography is centred on rugby union. ickledot loves to capture the passion and athleticism within this wonderful game. Yes, it's great to have a background of thousands of cheering fans but the game is the game, even when viewed only by the proverbial 'one man and his dog'. Played by men, women, girls or boys, it demands speed, strength, teamwork and a willingness to go through levels of pain. ickledot admires the people who play this game so much and he hopes this is reflected in his work.
ickledot has been seen on the touchline of many Yorkshire clubs and has also taken photographs of the county's representative sides at senior and junior levels, both men and women. This has taken him to Twickenham no fewer than four times. In 2015 ickledot became home photographer for Doncaster Knights Rugby Union Club which currently plays in the second tier of English rugby. In the spring of 2016 he was lucky enough to photograph them in their quest for Premiership status, including an exciting second-leg final play-off at Bristol Rugby Club - they won the game in a dramatic fashion but narrowly failed to gain promotion.
In 2019 an ickledot photograph was highly commended in the Landscape section of the inaugural Rugby Journal Photographer Of The Year Competition. In 2021 three of his photographs were shortlisted in the rugby section of the World Sports Photography Awards and two were highly commended.
In 2017 ickledot was asked to photograph the England Women's squad in a training session at Bishop Burton College in East Yorkshire. He has photographed several England Women games since and also photographed head coach Simon Middleton for The Rugby Journal in 2021.
He provided images to Gilbert Rugby for its social network campaign during the Women's Rugby World Cup. Some of his images were also used in a film created for the RFU.
More recently ickledot has provided photography for several articles in the Rugby Journal.
ickledot also takes photographs for the fund raising unit of the charity, Sue Ryder, which provides care for those with serious illness.
In the spring of 2015 ickledot held his first exhibition of rugby photographs, Rugby Union Yorkshire, first at Bradford Industrial Museum and then at Leeds Central Library. A booklet of the same name accompanied the display.
ickledot is Photo Archive Assistant for Bradford Museums and Galleries, having responsibility for the day-to-day running of Bradford Museums Photo Archive. In addition he has also provided photographs for English Heritage at Stott Park Bobbin Mill and Furness Abbey in the Lake District.
Main Cameras: Olympus OMD Em1 X and OMD EM1 MkIII
M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 300mm 1:4.0 IS PRO lens. Super sharp, it has range of 600mm full frame equivalent.
M.ZUIKO Digital ED 40–150mm F2.8 PRO - for the closer action.