Born in Hertfordshire north of London, I went Harrow School of Art to study photography. My first job was assisting Angus Forbes a still-life photographer shooting food and still-life in a studio in Chancery Lane London.
My first commissions were covers for the record industry: Pink Floyd, 10cc, Paul McCartney's Wings, and Bad Company to name a few. This led on to Paperback covers then Advertising.
During this period I shot the now iconic image of Battersea Power Station that became the cover for Pink Floyd's Animals.
I’ve been working in Advertising mainly the last few years, shooting subjects as diverse as, BG Engineers, McLaren F1 cars, wine & spirits and even Learjets.
My personal work is mainly panoramic landscapes. These super high resolution images are created by combining 8/12 shots taken by mounting the camera on a special pano tripod head. The images are then stitched together seamlessly by computer software.
My latest project is adding the capability of photography and video from an aerial platform. Often mistakenly called Drones, these Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, or radio controlled quadcopter in my case, are able to photograph images from the air in many places a helicopter or light aircraft cannot reach at heights up to 400 ft.
Clients Include: Sony, McLaren F1, British Gas, Becks Beer, Barclays Bank, The Sunday Times, Pink Floyd, Panasonic, Tesco Finest, Fenwick, and BT.
In March 2015 I obtained a BNUC-S qualification that allows me to fly UAV Drone aircraft for aerial photography and video.
Click on the 'Camera in The Clouds' tab to see my new venture.
Howard Bartrop photographer 20/06/2017