We sat down to talk with Tim about his photography and business:
S: How did you get started with photography and your business?
T: “Well, when I was growing up I never thought something like that was possible. Coming from a working class family getting a ‘good job’ was becoming an electrician and that never interested me. So, I went to university and studied psychotherapy because that was another ‘good job’ to go into, but when I finished that it didn’t feel right. I went to Amsterdam and I was only supposed to be there few weeks but it turned into five years!”
S: What inspired you to stay there for five years?
T: “I was inspired by everything there but I didn’t know anyone so I would just ride around on my bike discovering these amazing places, and I started to take pictures of it, of different things and people that I thought looked cool. I stumbled across this 1950s’ style Barber shop and when I looked in I could see these massive men covered in tattoos with big beards. I wanted to photograph it, I was a bit shy then but I went in asked would I be able to take some shots, they told me to come back the next day, so I did.”
S: Were you building your portfolio up by this point?
T: “I hadn’t got paid for that one, and I just carried on taking pictures of cool places in Amsterdam. I started to get a following and I guess people started to see the pictures on Facebook and I got contacted by some lifestyle editors that wanted me to take pictures for them. Then a director got in touch with me, he was making a film and wanted to know the best places in Amsterdam. I started thinking: ‘you know what this is going really well; I should do something about this.”
S: What did you do?
T: “I thought I was onto something because I was taking local people out, and they were saying how amazing it was and that they didn’t know half of these places existed. I decided to set it up as a business called Amsterdam Photo Safari. I would just take people to my favourite places in Amsterdam, not before long people from all over the world were coming! I was showing them all these places and at the same time I was getting to refine my photography. I had to stop doing the photography tours because I was getting too busy, so I brought some friends to help me out and that’s still going. It’s become so well known that it got featured in National Geographic’s 2017 Cool List!”
S: Are you working on any interesting projects that you can tell us about?
T: “I just got back from doing a photoshoot on Netflix’s The Crown; that’s for a book coming out this year. I also photographed Peter King who won an Oscar award for the make-up design on Lord of the Rings. That will all be coming out this year.”
By Sarah Nisbett