As a very young lad, Digital Content Executive Harry Shutler bought his first camera at around the age of 8 – a 1988 600 Impulse analogue instant. So it seems that from an early age, photography was already his direction of travel…
He writes: “After Uni, I spent 8 years aboard cruise ships before studying photography under a remarkable photographer, Jo Craig in Dexter Missouri, and eventually running one of his luxury private portrait studios. These were great formative years for me. I learnt so much along the way and my time with Jo really did set me up for a future taking pictures.
I’m not sure exactly how I got in to yacht photography, but I do know that I’ve always loved being out on the water, which certainly helped with my initial years at sea. I also rather like the idea of owning my own yacht and sailing round the world one day. A dream maybe, but in the meantime, my job at Berthon gets me constantly out on the Solent photographing yachts. No matter what the weather, a day ripping around The Needles on one of our RIBS and taking shots of incredible yachts is always an exhilarating day out of the office.
I have a foundation degree in film, photography and animation and a degree in commercial photography. I prefer analogue photography over digital and also enjoy shooting film. When out on a yacht shoot, I literally take thousands of photos. Shooting film is more relaxing. It allows me to slow down and be more mindful, be more contemplative and selective, which is a joy from a creative point of view.
In my spare time, I enjoy adventure – climbing, hiking, anything out on the water or up in the mountains – and of course photography. And there will always be thousands of images of whatever I have been doing!”