SmugMug Corner #56: William E Sharp

If you love music, you're going to love the SmugMug Corner interview this week with 28-year-old concert photographer William E Sharp from London, UK. Read the interview below to learn a little bit more about him, and check out his photographs of bands and musicians from Metallica and Motley Crue to Linkin Park and Bon Jovi.

Name: William E Sharp

Bon Jovi

Tell us a little about yourself.

My name is William E Sharp, I'm 28, and I live and work in London, UK (although I am soon to be moving to NYC) I'm a freelance photographer specialising in concert photography.


What is your background/training in photography?

I have a photography A-Level and a BA (Hons) in Visual Communication (Photomedia).

Keri Hilson

How long has photography been a passion for you? When, where and how did it start?

Photography has always been important to me from magazines to family snaps, but a dedicated passion for it started when I studied it at school for A-Level (17-years-old). I then went on to study the fine-art side of photography at university.

Motley Crue

What equipment is in your camera bag? What piece of equipment will be added to the collection next?


What are your favorite places/subjects to photograph? Why?

Sweaty guys with beards on stages in fields. I like the music that sweaty guys make, beards make them look cool, stages raise them up, and in fields usually means that its a summer festival which means good lighting. I must admit that I am not adverse to pretty girls (without beards) in small venues and clubs though.

Seasick Steve

Who are your biggest photographic influences? Why? What about their work influences your work?

I grew up idolising music magazine photography, so Ross Halfin from a "Stadium Rock" point of view and Anton Corbijn from a more alternative, stylistic angle (thanks to Metallica album covers for introducing me to both of those photographers). When I "grew up" and went to university I discovered a love of the narrative-tinged work of Jeff Wall and Matthew Barney.

Linkin Park

How long have you been Smug with your photographs? What features do you most enjoy with your SmugMug account?

I've been Smuging my pictures since the beginning of the year when I followed a link for a photojournalist I admire (Dan Chung). I love the way the site makes my pictures look on any screen. The automatic resizing means I can be confident that my site will look great anywhere, and I log on on as many computers as I can just to see what changes. Account and site control from anywhere with an internet connection has saved my bacon a few times, and who can say no to built-in e-commerce.


If you had do sum up in 50 words or less the impact SmugMug has made on your photography/photography business, those 50 words would be...

SmugMug has given my photos a good looking, contemporary web base for distributing and marketing my images. The built in web structure means I spend more time working on my photos and less time worrying about whether they can be found on search engines.


If you had to give one piece of advice to those wanting to pursue photography, what would you tell them?

Think very carefully about taking up a passion as a career... your hobby can be a welcome distraction from your daily life, but making your hobby your daily life can effect your enjoyment of it.


Posted by Tim L. Walker on Fri, 2009–11–20 15:17
Categories: SmugMug Corner