ABOUT PAUL HANDS BA Hons.
I'm an award winning professional photographer and filmmaker from Hinckley with a naturally artistic, educated and creative style. I've studied photography and video at De Montfort University in Leicester and North Warwickshire & Hinckley College.
Primarily, I'm a documentary, landscape, street photographer and create visually imaginative projects. Commercially I make work for business websites, work in (PR) Public Relations, Landscape and Commercial Photography. Plus I make documentary style films for public, private and commercial organisations. Whilst I'm based in Leicestershire in the Midlands, I travel all over England (UK) for professional assignments. You can read more about my professional photography work here.
At heart I'm a photographic artist. Photoshop is not a tool used for my artwork and only for special commercial requirements. I almost never crop a photograph and only ever perform digital darkroom techniques. I love working with moving image too because you can tell completely different levels of the story. I have worked with some amazingly influential and creative people like Sir David Attenborough and HRH Prince Edward; Earl of Wessex.
I've exhibited several times at The Atkins Building Art Gallery in Hinckley, where I've shown several images from my books 'Footballs Backside', 'Behind The Gloves' and 'The Tin Hatters'. I've also exhibited with National Lottery funding as commissioned by Friends of Hollycroft Park, where I showed a specific body of work that was created for this exhibition.
My style has been crafted from many years of solid research at De Montfort University; on the Worlds historically amazing photographers like; Henri Cartier-Bresson, Elliott Erwitt, Martin Parr, Mark Power, William Eggleston, Sebastiao Salgado, Robert Frank, Walker Evans, Jeff Wall, Gregory Crewdson, Eric Kim, Nils Jorgensen, Nick Turpin to just name a few!
I'm married to Lisa (a fine art newborn photographer), have two step mini adults (Ryan and Zoe) and have a little baby daughter come toddler to keep us entertained, we also have a little doggy called Laila, who Lisa found on the streets of Romania at four weeks old and rescued her during a time she was making a documentary about animal welfare. We're a modest family who've come from a tough background with little money and have worked very hard for everything we have.
I'm currently in to my fifth year of creating an ongoing social documentary called 'Hinckley Photographed', that can be found by clicking on this link or you can visit the Facebook page with this link.
De Montfort University - Permanent Exhibition - Board Room - Sublunary 15 Series - 2017
De Montfort University - Degree Show - Vijay Patel Building - Sublunary 15 Series - 2017
Atkins Building Gallery - Friends of Hollycroft Park Exhibition - National Lottery Funded - 2016
Atkins Building Gallery - NWHC - 2015
Atkins Building Gallery - NWHC - Footballs Backside - 2013
Awards and qualifications:
De Montfort University - Photography & Video - BA Honours - 2017
Calumet - Student Photographer of the Year - Runner Up - 2016
NWHC - HND - Photography - 2015
AOC - Student Photographer of the Year - 2013
The Tin Hatters - 2014
Martin Kohala - 2014
Behind The Gloves - 2013