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Five minutes with: Phil Wilson

7 September 2023

2 mins

What’s your job title and how long have you worked at Loughborough?

I’m the University Photographer and I’ve been here since 1994 – before digital photography was a thing!

Tell us what a typical day in your job looks like?

A typical day is difficult to describe! My day is split between taking photos, which can be anywhere on or off campus with lots of lights and kit or just me and a camera, and sat at the computer sorting and archiving images. I enjoy meeting people and the social aspect of my job is as important as the actual photography. Luckily the University is full of interesting people. My job is to illustrate University life, either to encourage new students to apply or to provide a record of the vibrant campus. I love the fact that there is always something happening. I think a key part of my job as a photographer is being adaptable, getting on with people and being prepared to wait…sometimes a very long time!

What’s your favourite project you’ve worked on?

There have been many projects over the years which have been enjoyable – from the 2012 Olympic kitting out on campus to royal visits. I think my favourite jobs are when there’s a team working together, like the Swimming Pool banners which involved working closely with art directors and project managers to produce three metre high portraits of some of our great swimmers, including Adam Peaty. These banners are up inside the pool, hopefully inspiring all the swimmers!

What is your proudest moment at Loughborough?

I am proud to be part of a University that stands up for itself. The response to the Covid Pandemic was a fantastic example of team work, culminating in two weeks of graduation ceremonies which was really special.

Tell us something you do outside of work that we might not know about?

I play guitar and banjo and take part in online open mic events with friends in the United States.

What is your favourite quote?

I am not a big quote fan but Albert Einstein’s “Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving” seems like quite a good life motto.

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