On the about section of his website, Philip Haynes describes himself as “A Norwich boy who happens to shoot heroes” which sounds like a terrific pitch for a low-budget UK action movie. Sadly the truth is Philip is a photographer, but happily he is a fantastic photographer, who specialises in sports images both in personal projects and for clients like Converse, Mens Health and O2.
Phil says that his approach to image-making is characterised by “looking to capture the energy of saturation in colour, just as much as the energy within the movement” which a quick romp through his portfolio proves is more than an abstract concept. This recent series The Crossfitters is a terrific study in intensity, pain and determination, captured at the pivotal moment at the bottom of an overhead squat (nope, me neither).
Phil shares a studio with the likes of David Ryle and Nick Ballon, suggesting there’s something in the water up in that corner of east London.