Marcus Johnson
United Kingdom
State / Region
west midlands
I like to create things mainly with my camera but pretty creative in other areas too.

I see myself as a creative artist, I like to expand on peoples ideas and sometimes mix them with my own. Most days I spend planning projects that I'd like to work on along with photography and managing my band.

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Our readers would love to get to know you more Marcus. Tell us about yourself, what is unique about you?

My normally answer is "I'm Special" and then let a person get to know me. I suppose what makes me special is I'm autistic so I see the world, slightly different and my brain is always creating learning and overthinking. This means I try to connect/understand the people I work with so work is relaxed.

Marcus, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Photographer?

Freedom. My passion is for my work to be seen, not that I'm good at talking about myself, but I try to let my work speak for me. I aspire to shoot photography full-time. I always loved to take photographs but it wasn't a career choice until I got into trouble and was sent to a special school for bad kids. They had a darkroom and Pentax K1000. As I was the only student that took pictures I had full access, once I was out I found the first college with photography and enrolled.

Who is your inspiration in life Marcus? How do you keep inspired?

I'd say my Uni mentor Nick Hedges, I think he helped me to believe in myself, and even though I wasn't his normal type of student he pushed me to try different things as well as just experiment with new ideas. I think the people who inspire me now are my girlfriend and my band, they push me to show more of my work and submit work, but they also help me with ideas and support me when I want to try new things. I'm also inspired by the greats Weegee, Newton and Guy Bourdin but of course, I'm still inspired by photographers that are still alive, Mert & Marcus, Nan Goldin and Rankin

We all make mistakes Marcus, we wish we could take back. Please tell us about a time being a Photographer, you wish you’d handled a situation differently with a colleague.
I wasn't always confident enough to follow my gut with an idea, and I once let a Client railroad me with there Idea and even though I knew it wasn't going to work, I dismissed the feeling and went along with something that turns out to be terrible. It cost me time and money. 

Marcus, when you’re working with a large number of clients, it’s tricky to deliver excellent service to them all. As a Photographer, how do you go about prioritizing your clients’ needs?

I work well in chaos, but I'm good at managing people, so my way of working is very personnel they can message me at any time and aim to respond to important stuff quickly and take a little more time on the less important things. Most clients learn quickly what important and what's not. 

Please tell us, Marcus, about a time you had to be very strategic in order to meet all your top priorities as a Photographer?

I recently had 4 big projects with deadlines within days of each other. This is when my dairy and communication comes in handy as I needed to keep other on deadlines to meet mine, So I acted like a head guy and micromanaged clients to my diary. I got very little sleep but I delivered on time with excellent outcomes. 

Marcus, please give us an example of a time when you were able to successfully persuade someone to see things your way at work.
I think my band is my toughest clients maybe because they know me and are all creative in their own rights. We had our debut single and started working on the artwork and some of the guys wanted different things. I thought we just had a great image and just need to keep the wording as small as possible or leave it out altogether. So I oversized the fonts so it crowed the image. So the guys wanted the image to be the main focus, I let them play around with the image while I threw in my thoughts until we all decide the image didn't need any words. Sometimes it easier to let your image talk and you just guide clients to the outcome you prefer. 

marcus please tell us about your proudest professional accomplishment as a Photographer. There might be many, but there is always this proudest moment that you just want to share with everyone. What is it and why?
My first paid job as a photographer, 10 day trip to Jamaica, I got to represent my work and my college and when I return home my images were in the Guardian Newspaper and I had an interview on the local news. 

Marcus, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it?
I get a lot of creative freedom in my work as my style is a little raw sometimes so people look for me to create the same impact. the pressure is a little more intense because they have seen something they like and want some of the same, but people's needs aren't the same so the challenge then is to make that person happy. 

What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Photographer?

Follow your instincts, believe in yourself and be fearless, the worst they can say is no. 

Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands, and creatives? If yes, please state below what type of collaboration you are looking for?
I'm up for the challenge, If you like what you see and think he's right for me then I'm a game but of course, I'd love to work with other creative and brands. I think collaborations help you to grow and learn. 


Please add any photo credits for the photos you uploaded so that everybody can get recognized. Please fill this out properly,
(Name and Instagram @Username)

cover: Zhane McLaren @arabella_nay
1* kitty Quinzell @Kittyquinzell
2* Terry and Emma Phillips
3* Yulia T
4* Alison aka Alicat @alikitcat_9
5*Jessica Taylor @jessicataylor.model
6*Rhe Spence
7*model Zhane McLaren @arabella_nay mua Chelsea Moore Jewellery
8*Ben Russon


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