Mick - mickyates
Mick Wetzlar James Kezman 2000

                                Photo: James Kezman

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 our unique 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 fairly represent the subjects of my work, whilst challenging clients and audiences with engaging and creative story-telling.

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


* Events, Environmental Portrait and Documentary-  a sense of who, what, when, where and why. I spent several decades leading brand-focused business. I know what that means for your photographic needs.

* Workshops - street portraits, documentary story-telling - group and individual 

* Talks - engaging and informative, for your camera club or institution

* Prints & Wall Art- delivered by world-class printer and framer, Loxley Colour

I am currently studying for an MA in Photography, flexible learning at Falmouth University. 

Ingrid and I have been very fortunate, and lived and worked all over the world. 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. I photo-documented this work. See yatesweb.com.

Very honoured to have been awarded the Licentiate Distinction by the Royal Photographic Society. Unfinished Stories from Cambodia has been featured by the RPS Contemporary Group, and my street and documentary work has been featured by Edge of HumanityLeica LFI Master Shots and others. I am member of Photo|Bath, a group raising awareness of Documentary and Fine Art photography in the region. 

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



   See a list of books published here.


   Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution - Unfinished Stories from Cambodia, December 2019 (upcoming)

   44AD Gallery - PhotoBath Group Exhibition - Witness, September 2019 

   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

Today's Shoot
Bronica SQ A 750
Angelo Pelle
Memory -4

In my "other" life, I am an experienced senior exec and board member in global corporations, start-ups and non-profits. An independent consultant, I am also a Visiting Professor at the University of Leeds, where I focus on the ethical use of Big Data Technology & Analytics, and Data Privacy issues.

Previously I led International Markets at dunnhumby, the "Customer Science" Big Data company. Before that, I 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 was a Board Trustee of Save the Children (USA), Non-Exec Director and and have chaired IPOs.


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