Dominic Hinde – better known as the Scootographer in certain circles – is putting his skills to good use photographing scooters and scooterists at shows and events where he is developing quite a following.
“I’ve had quite a good response and have about 4,000 followers on twitter and facebook,” said Dominic, who is studying BTEC Level 3 Graphic Design at Priestley College.
The 17-year-old, who lives in Sankey, has his own logo and has started selling prints of his work, which started to focus on scooters three years ago.
His reputation even led to an interview with The Fred Perry Blog, which talked to him about ‘life as the Scootographer’.
Dominic told the blog: “I don’t think there is any single explanation of how I got into the mod and scooter scene. I just love the music, clothes, scooters and style. I’m usually one of the youngest at events, although Brighton seemed to have a few people around my age, which was good to see.
“The cost of buying and insuring a scooter means I don’t actually own one yet, as it would be too expensive for me at the moment, particularly as I am focusing on my photography business and college studies. I suppose the ideal thing would be for someone to donate me a scooter in return for some photography work.”
Recently Dominic completed two days work experience with the picture editor at The Observer learning how the national newspaper makes decisions regarding its Review supplement. He also learnt about stock photography and sat in on an editors’ meeting.
The former Penketh High student hopes to pursue a career in photography, which he uses in all different aspects of his life.
His flickr pages include a variety of subjects from tourists in London, to clothes, pets and people.
“I try to be creative rather than just take a picture so I look for different angles and try to look at things a bit differently,” he said.
You can see more of Dominic’s pictures here http://www.flickr.com/photos/domhinde/