When I was about ten years old, my dad loaned me an old but professional-style camera. He’d got into photography during the Second World War when he was in the RAF. Some of his photos from service in India and Russia are on display at the RAF museum in Hendon, London.
When I went to university I bought my own camera and I documented life in the halls of residence. I still have 1500 black and white negatives from then and I’m gradually digitising the best of them – which is a bit embarrassing for some of my friends from those days!
I sometimes combine photography with my work as a venture capital investor and take my camera to investment meetings with clients, with their permission of course. I find entrepreneurs fascinating.
I used to focus on the cityscapes and the outdoors, but now I’m just as interested in taking portraits. Taking portraits isn’t just about technical skill, it’s about getting the personality of the subject to come through.
I use my website, www.goldsplace.com, as a way of displaying my photos. There’s also quite a few press shots I’ve taken for investments from the funds at Rivers Capital, which are are on www.riverscap.com.
I’ve shot digitally for a lot of years now, but I do have a couple of interesting film cameras in my collection. I have a twin-lens reflex camera that uses a 2¼ inch square format film. I also have a Cold War-era Minox spy camera, that was my father’s. My main camera is a Canon EOS 5D mk. 3. I also have a Fuji XT1, which is a bit lighter and easier to carry.
I would love, one day, to have a Leica, they are perhaps the Ferrari of cameras. I can’t claim it would make my photographs any better but it would be a pleasure to use such a beautifully engineered camera.
I’ve always admired the photographs of Lord Snowden, and I grew up with those of David Bailey. Henri Cartier-Bresson’s photographs are sheer art; he’s the Picasso of photography.