The best pictures tell an unfinished story, with a sense of place or personality – questions of what, where, when, how.

I like to think that my photography, at its core, is always about finding this story. Or more correctly, it’s about conveying a portion of the story, a small moment in other people’s lives that makes us ask questions about who they are, what they’re doing, what they’re thinking, and how they ended up in the photo. The photographer’s craft includes both narration (the story) and curation (the moment in which the image is taken). Images are captured almost like Schrödinger’s Cat – you only see their true reality in the exact moment of capture.

It is the photographer’s job to engage their audience. Yet the photographer, unlike a musician or an actor, can only offer the viewer a fragment of time (or perhaps a series of fragments), rather than an extended performance. Within that fragment, we must depict both the reality of the moment, and enough context to leave the viewer feeling that they’ve glimpsed the story within.

I love candid portraiture and street photography, its rawness and its spontaneity. Street is a particular technical and artistic challenge – and a psychological one, too. When one can illustrate the “story”, it is hugely satisfying, and adds a little more dignity and character to the image.

Inspired by the work of Robert Doisneau, Dorothea Lange, Hiroji Kubota, Saul Leiter, Martin Parr, Mary Ellen Mark, David Bailey, Daido Moriyama, Walker Evans and Berenice Abbott.

Experienced in documentary portrait, social documentary, street, events and travel. Mick Yates Photography

And I also like to use words to explain and teach. I have been online in different ways for quite a while, with LeaderValues, focused on leadership development, and Mick Yates, focused on my Big Data work.

These Images Do Not Belong To The Public Domain

All the images in this gallery are copyrighted & may not be reproduced, copied, uploaded, published, or manipulated in any way without explicit, written permission by Mick Yates.

  • Joined: December 2008



Communication / talking without words / an instant impression / of time / the constant value / revealing itself / in the depths / of our hearts / Written 1969 / It was a week of variety. There was a collection of toilet pods, pink for ladies, blue for men. Fun and funky, and who would have thought that images of toilets could ever look like an alien space ship, recently arrived in the Capital Cit…
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Reflections on 2010 - with a little help from the 60's

It has been an excellent Holiday break, and I hope you have all also had a great time with family and friends. Like many of you, I am sure, I was lucky enough to get some time on things that I do not usually get around to – mainly artwork and photography – and I set myself the project of creating a gallery of “good stuff”. / I’ve been a long-time user of “flick…
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Dignity & Respect for all

When I wrote this, I was listening to Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury, talk at the Royal Society of Arts about the role of Faith in Social Development. I know the world of Social Development, having been involved in that for many years through activities in Save the Children, both at grass roots and institutional levels. And I am not a religious person. / Still, the Archbishop’s wo…
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