Mike Sharples photographic journey started some 55 years ago when, at 16 years of age, he acquired his first camera. Mike began by taking many photos of family and friends both at home and on holidays, sparking a passion which is still with him today.
Mike enjoys the complete spectrum of photographic subjects including Landscape, Environmental Portraits, Sport, and Natural History.
Mike has always been motivated to produce the best quality images, making the picture as appealing to the viewer as possible, to develop images with creativity and sensitive use of form and light, also evoking emotion, to create a story within the image and to capture decisive moments.
Mike improved his knowledge by enrolling on several educational photographic courses, which gave him detailed knowledge of both photographic processes and an appreciation of the history of photography and some of the world’s iconic photographers.
Mike has been a member of Smethwick Photographic Society for 37 years, many of them spent on the Club’s Committee and he has served as its President on two occasions.
Mike is currently President and Seminar Secretary the Midland Counties Photographic Federation (MCPF). He has over the years been involved in organising and taking part in both the clubs and wider Federation activities and recent developed produced and delivered a Photographic Judges Seminar workshop designed to help existing and encourage new judges alike to develop and understand how to be a better Judge.
He has also being a member of the Royal Photographic Society for some 20 years, and was the Central Region, Regional Organiser for some several years.
Mike enjoys Judging and Lecturing and is listed on the official lists of both the Midland Counties Federation and the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain, being involved in judging competitions at local, regional, national and international levels and being a panel member for the PAGB APM’s as well as presenting lectures to clubs across the UK.