Thursday, November 15, 2007

Geoff Sharples - Photographer and Publisher

How old are you?
A Grumpy old man style 40!

What’s your occupation and who do you work for?
Technical Director and Co-Founder (with my wife Liz) of Publisher, Bridge End Images Ltd

How long have been doing this?
We are very new, just over a year now

What is it about your job that makes it ethical?
All our products are as eco-friendly as possible and it’s my job to make that happen

What’s the best bit about your job?
Being able to walk my daughter to school in the morning and working with my wife

What’s the worst thing?
Working with my wife

What have the last 12 months been like for you?
Very busy and very exciting. We’ve been learning a great deal and meeting lots of interesting new people.

What were you doing before this?
Service Manager for a company retailing underwater photography equipment

What was your very first full-time job?
Delivering soft-drinks to shops, in all weathers

What advice would you give to someone wishing to embark on the same sort of work as you?
Go for it! Look, listen, learn and enjoy

Have you got any plans for the next 12 months you’d like to share with us?
Lots of exciting new product releases coming up featuring great artwork from our new artists!

What do you do to relax?
At the moment, sleep. Normally I love being out in the country or diving

Who do you live with?
My wife Liz and daughters Leonie and Emily

Whereabouts do you live?
We are very spoilt; we live near the coast in East Devon’s glorious countryside

If you were Prime Minister, what’s the very first thing you would do?
Wow, how long have you got? First thing, implement a transport policy and use the railways to drastically reduce road traffic. Then…

As cheap and easily available oil is expect to run out in the next couple of decades, what do you think will be the predominant form of transport in 2027?
Cars using alternative fuels

Have you got any guilty carbon secrets?
Oh dear yes. We drive a Jeep. The only thing green about it is the colour.

What have you done that you were most proud of?
Having a family

What single issue are you most concerned about in the world at large?
Stupidity on an international scale

Which person in the public eye do you most admire and why?
It’s a toss-up between James Lovelock (Gaia Hypothesis) and Paul Watson (Sea Shepherd) for saying and doing what they believe right at their own risk. But out of the public eye, the people who go undercover for the EIA, risking their lives to expose illegal trade in wildlife and habitat destruction. They are the real heroes.

What’s your website address?

What are your three favourite other websites of the moment? (brilliant photography) –

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