Paul Todd var segelmakare och proffs innan han började fotografera på heltid.
How did you start with sailing photography?
I lived on a boat as a young child and sailed around the world. After leaving school I became a sail maker and professional sailor with a camera always in my hand.
Which picture are you most satisfied with?
The shot of Team New Zealand winning the 1995 America’s Cup in San Diego showing the jubilation and emotions on the teams face.
Best regatta to shoot?
Any Class word regatta where crews have come from all over the globe and keen to get the best start on the first day of racing (men and women)
Worst regatta to shoot?
A sailing event that has fog. You can always make a picture of a boat race when you can see it, but very hard when the fog is thick and there is no visibility. (“stick a boat in front of me and I will shoot it”)
Who inspires you?
Fraco Pace has been around for ever and sees art in every marine image. He is an amazing photographer. Also Carlo Borlenghi, only because he always has the best lunch on the media boat especially when it was made by Prada.
What gear do you usually use/favor?
I have been shooting with Canon for about 17 years and in my box at the moment 1D II, 5D, 15mm, 17-35, 70-200, 300, 600.
Any advise for those who want to become a better sailing photograph?
You need to be observant and anticipate a lot. Be a good sailor yourself and know your equipment extremely well.
How do you see sailing photography develop in the future?
Digital has watered down the industry a lot in the last 7 years and new people to scene are willing to work for free to get in to the business. The future does not look good!