Hugh Hastings is a photojournalist and public speaker who offers his clients the unusual combination of original photography with public talks about his work and each ongoing project.
Hugh was trained as a photographer in a West London studio from the age of sixteen and has now worked as a professional for over 40 years, covering architecture to social projects.
Hugh's first love was sports photography and he was Chelsea Football Club's Official Photographer for 10 years and still works for the Club today, managing the photography archives and online workflow of images to external and internal clients.
He is a live TedX speaker (2018) and also TEDx speaker mentor (2019), a speaker for the ShelterBox disaster relief charity and a Sony Alpha Creator.
Over the last six years Hugh has won a reputation for highly engaging public talks on photography at locations including London Olympia, the Brighton Fringe, Peter Jones of Knightsbridge, Vienna, Palma Mallorca and multiple appearances at the NEC Birmingham. Away from his camera Hugh paddle-boards all year round off the Cornish coast.
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"I have saved the pictures in my file, they look really amazing! Thanks again!!" Alice Piccinin, Meetings & Events Manager, Richmond Harbour Hotel & Spa, April 2019
"I picked up my copy of the magazine last night. The image is really awesome. Somehow you managed to make me look not too tired!" Scott Woyka, Owner, Scott Woyka Furniture, April 2019
"I've just sent some of your photos to a PR agency in London whose comment was 'the photos are wonderful'. Joy Salisbury, Barrell Scuplture Ltd, March 2019
"Many thanks for the Gillan pics - fabulous work!" Jonathan Cunliffe, Managing Director of high end estate agency in Cornwall, August 2018.
"Thanks for sending all the images through. They look great, really bright and fresh." Daisy Sawle, Director, marraum architects, July 2018
"Thank you for these photos - they truly capture the space of this unique project, something I'd been unable to do myself. I'm very grateful." Chris Heard, CSA Architects, June 2018
Hugh has been a professional photographer since 16 when he left school to work in a commercial studio in West London. He spent five years at the studio learning his trade on all formats from 35mm to 5x4 field cameras, on work for clients including Fiat, British Steel, London Transport, Sony, Thames Water and Rediffusion, before turning freelance.
He is the author of the children's novel High Tide (Mabecron Books 2012) and a public speaker for the humanitarian aid charity ShelterBox.