Mick - mickyates
Mick Leica Aug 2014 -9

The best pictures tell an unfinished story, with a sense of place or personality - questions of who, what, where, when. In the words of Hiroji Kubota, "I think everybody has a great drama to talk about. Everybody".

My photography is about trying to find 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). Inspired by the work of Hiroji KubotaWilliam Egglestone, Dorothea Lange, Saul Leiter, Daido Moriyama, Annie Leibovitz, and Robert Frank.


I focus on candid and lifestyle portraiture, street stories, travel, events and documentary. If you are interested in my services, examples of recent projects are here

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Personal photography is here, and all Galleries on this site are here


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



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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