In All the Wrong Places, Life as a Professional Documentary Photographer

Jim Holmes

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7th January 2021
Photography | Creativity | Career | Training

Working in the aftermath of an earthquake and tsunami, spending 5 years documenting the construction of a hydroelectric dam on the Mekong River or working in a Mongolian prison can never become just another job. These assignments and many others are part of a 35 year career as a documentary photographer, travelling the world to gather images from diverse and often bizarre locations to satisfy a client's demands.

Dangerous, complicated, demanding, surreal and, especially in my work for organisations such as Oxfam and Save the Children, often humbling, I can take you to places you may never want to go…. From the serious to the absurd, my career has been a journey of exploration and adventure through which I learned to navigate and be productive.

Let me walk you through the good times and bad, the successes and the failures, all illustrated by the best of my photographic portfolio.

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About Jim Holmes

I am a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and a professional documentary photographer that specialises in worldwide humanitarian and environmental assignments from my base in Chester. Having been based in South East Asia for 20 years, living in Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia then also in Japan, I bring first-hand experience to all my presentations.

My talks are unique, entertaining and informative, bringing together the best of my photography and the research and experiences my assignments offered me, all in some of the world's most fascinating locations.

My talks are of interest to general audiences, but also engage with the photographers, geographers, humanitarians, travellers and the scientific community in your group! I have worked in this niche specialisation for 30 years and I recommend a viewing of my website to get a better picture of what I mean: My talks are passionate, professional and thought provoking, richly illustrated with dynamic images that bring together the issues of photography, remote areas travel, environmental and cultural subjects and the history of an area.

Please consider my talks for your future plans. My schedule books up well in advance, although I am sometimes able to step in at short notice if you have a speaker cancellation, it is always worth asking.

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