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Graduate appears on BBC's Countryfile - and says success is down to studies at DMU

A photographer who appeared on the latest episode of the BBC’s Countryfile programme says his qualification from De Montfort University Leicester (DMU) has helped him go on to achieve great things.

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Henry Iddon, who graduated in 1999 with an MA in Photography, now works as a self-employed photographer whose work has been shown and discussed on both the BBC and Channel 4.

Henry appeared on BBC Countryfile on Sunday with a camera which originally belonged to George and Ashley Abraham, the world’s first rock climbing photographers. He used the camera, which dates back to 1890, to capture pictures of the Peak District landscape and rock climbers.

The photographer, who ‘supplies location photography of action, architecture, documentary and modern lifestyles’ said: “I wouldn’t be doing what I do now if it wasn’t for my MA from DMU.

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“It didn’t just teach me how to take great photographs, but the course helped to improve my writing skills. Those skills are important in my work as I need to be able to write great pitches and it is essential that I can communicate my ideas clearly too.”

He said: “It was great being on Countryfile as it’s so satisfying to see a project that you have come up with and worked on yourself become successful.

“I’ve worked with presenters before at the BBC and they always make it really good fun.

“In March last year, I featured as a guest on BBC Radio 4 Saturday Live discussing my work. That was one of the best things I’ve done so far.”

The graduate had ‘always been interested in photography’, and his enthusiasm led him to study an MA degree in the subject.  He said: “I knew I wanted to be a photographer and I chose DMU as it offered me a unique course".

Henry, who now has more than 18 years of experience, advises budding photographers to be 'original' and to always 'stay passionate'.

BBC Countryfile is one of the most watched programmes in the UK each Sunday evening and draws in more than eight million viewers each week.

Posted on Tuesday 31st January 2017

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