Id8 Photography Interview

Posted 14 January 2015 about ID.8 Photography.

As a freelancer, you’re usually isolated, but at the Workstation I’m in a community of like-minded people.

ID.8 Photography is owned by Mark Harvey. Mark was inspired to become a photographer during his time in the Marines working in military intelligence; he became fascinated by imagery and in particular the dark room process. It was then that Mark realised he had to look at this more in depth, so he went on to study a degree in Fine Art photography at Derby- here he gained a greater understanding of the medium. The degree enabled Mark to appreciate the skill of visual literacy, an important part of his job as a photographer. He said “There are over three billion images taken a day and put on social media- 99.9% of them wouldn’t make sense to anyone but the person taking the image or close friends or family. My time at college helped give me a better understanding of the process of transferring a three dimensional scene into a two dimensional image.”

iD.8 photography

After leaving college, he has worked as a freelance photographer for 25 years using the name iD.8 Photography. To ideate means to frame, devise or construct an idea. 


When Mark first arrived at the Workstation, it was brand new.  “I had the opportunity to create a base that was right for me and I still enjoy being here to this day. It’s still an exciting place to work, there’s such a buzz around the building.”


For 2015, Mark will continue to focus on two areas: Business to Business photography and his work in social issues. He will carry on working with his regular clients that are located both in Sheffield and nationally, such as DLA Piper Solicitors who are based in Sheffield city centre. Mark’s work in social issues led him to begin volunteering at the Archer Project for homeless people as well as with trade unions and charities. He also works in criminal justice, working with prisoners and dis-advantaged people to help give them a voice.

“Being a photographer is a privileged position,” said Mark. “My work can take me anywhere. I’m going to Old Trafford soon to take photos of the facilities!

“To be a photographer I think you need to have a positive attitude to life, good business skills and time management. You must also find your niche and be able to take charge and be direct with people.”

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