Mick - mickyates
Mick Wetzlar James Kezman 2000

My work is 'Unfinished Stories'. Life is always in motion, every moment creates a sense of place or personality. Having travelled and worked all over the world, my photography is informed by my view that we are more the same than we are different - yet differences reveal stories. Details matter.

I seek intimacy, rapport with and understanding of the subject, whilst asking questions about who people are, what they're doing, and what concerns them. I deliver to the best standard that I know how: technically, artistically, respectfully, ethically.

The aim is to delight and challenge audiences with engaging and creative story-telling.

In the words of Hiroji Kubota, "I think everybody has a great drama to talk about. Everybody". 

Inspired by the work of Hiroji KubotaDorothea Lange, Saul Leiter, Daido Moriyama, Annie Leibovitz, and Robert Frank.


* Documentary Story-telling - with a sense of who, what, when, where and why

* Event Coverage - structured records and unexpected happenings, and always portraying the character of those involved

* Environmental Portraits - intimate, engaging, poignant and sometimes funny moments which truly reveal character

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I am currently studying for an MA in Photography, distance learning at Falmouth University. Please also check out mick's photo blog

Ingrid and I have been very fortunate, and lived and worked all over the world. Seventy Five Countries. We have 6 children, born in 5 countries on 3 continents – and now 9 grand children. I have worked, visited and photographed on every continent except Antarctica (on the bucket list!), with special affection for Asia Pacific. We founded a program building schools in the Khmer Rouge Reconciliation Areas of Cambodia, and I was a member of Save the Children (USA) Board of Trustees. I photo-documented this work, and other projects in Africa. See yatesweb.com

Very honoured to have been awarded the Licentiate Distinction by the Royal Photographic Society. My street work has been featured on Edge of Humanity, as has my documentary essay Sugar Daddy. Also featured on Leica's LFI Master Shots. Pleased to be part of The Leica Meet and the International Photographers Alliance (IPA) A member of Photo | Bath, a group raising awareness of good Documentary and Fine Art photography in this fair city. Bath has Music, Literature, Children's and other Festivals - but no Photography Festival ... yet! 

I have also been on Flickr since 2005. Over 2 million views.



See a list of books published here



44AD Gallery - PhotoBath Group Exhibition ‘Unfinished', September 2018

Falmouth Flexible MA - Landings, August 2018

44AD Gallery - PhotoBath Group Exhibition ‘Alternative Facts’, September 2017

Chapel Arts Cafe, Bath - 'Fourth Open Exhibition', November, 2016

44AD Gallery -  PhotoBath Group Exhibition ‘Storylines’, November, 2016

Chapel Arts Cafe, Bath - 'Third Open Exhibition', July-September, 2016

Leica Store, London - 'The Leica Meet Book Launch', October 2014

In my "other" life, I am an experienced senior exec and board member in global corporations, start-ups and non-profits. Currently an independent consultant, I am also a Visiting Professor at the University of Leeds, where I focus on the positive use of Big Data Technology & Analytics, and Data Privacy issues. Some years ago I founded LeaderValues, still one of web's most popular Leadership development resources. 

LeaderValues & mick's leadership blog

I focus on "Customer Leadership" - helping growth firms improve both their leadership skills and customer strategies, based on a deep and uniquely connected understanding of leadership development, global brand marketing, retail and the application of Big Data Analytics and Insight. I work with Boards, the Executive Suite and the Private Equity Investment community. My passions? Respect for customers, clear strategic choices, developing great people, & creating high performing international teams. Previously led International Markets at dunnhumby, the "Customer Science" Big Data company. Before that, was a regional CEO, having spent over 30 years working in Europe, the USA and across Asia Pacific, with Procter & Gamble and Johnson & Johnson. I also chaired a biotech IPO in Australia.



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