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Photographer Profile: Chris Auld

From issue 96 • The Photo Annual

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Chris, you’ve been shooting for a while now. Do you recall when you started and what it was? I shot a lot of national races around the U.K., but my first race on a world stage was the 2016 World Championships in Qatar. I was flying by the seat of my pants and just threw myself in at the deep end.

Who were your photography influences as you were coming up…and even now? I’m not sure about influence, but I do admire and respect a lot of my colleagues. Instagram allows me to see what everyone is doing, pick up new ideas and see who is up-and-coming in the industry. I take ideas from everything I see on social media; you’re never too old to learn.

Photographers get “published” online, but what does it mean to you to see your images printed on paper in a magazine? Seeing work in print is the ultimate compliment. I find that usage online is very disposable; work in traditional print media shows someone respects your work enough to commit it to paper. Magazines form an archive for the future.

Chris Auld ||| Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom Image: Zac Williams

This year has been interesting to say the least for cycling. Has Covid-19 changed the way you think about how you approach your craft? I’m not sure how things are going to work. I’m sitting here typing this full of excitement and trepidation on what the rest of the season will look like.

How do you think the Tour de France will be handled with regard to allowing photographers? I’m very nervous about how things will pan out. In an ideal world, it will be pretty much the same as every other year; but with social distancing and the correct Covid protocols, what worries me is if the organization decides just to use one agency to supply all the images and the little guys like me will be pushed out.

Give us a basic breakdown of what camera bodies you use, a few lenses you love and whether print or digital. At the beginning of the year I ordered two of Canon’s brand-new Canon EOS 1 DX Mark iii, to replace my three-year-old, very battered Mark iis. Those two cameras had well over a million shots between them. Unfortunately, lockdown came along and they’ve been sat gathering dust. I can’t wait to use them in a bike race. Regarding glass, my go-to lenses are Canon’s 24–70mm f2.8, and the 100–400mm f4-5.6; these two lenses are so adaptable especially when things are so fast-moving. For shots that are a little more considered I love my Canon 50mm f1.2. Digital all the way….

Where is your favorite place to shoot photos and why? I’ve been to so many great locations. I love the mountains and I love the cobbles of Belgium; for a pure adrenaline rush it has to be Paris–Roubaix at Carrefour de l’Arbre or the Forest of Arenberg—that race is so intense and the pressure to deliver is so high.

What’s another sport that you would love to shoot? A few of my Dutch colleagues shoot speed skating—it looks fantastic, the colors are so vibrant against the starkness of the ice.

Instagram: @cauldphoto
Twitter: @ChrisAuldPhoto

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