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Year 8s Inspired by Motorsport Photographer

Date Posted: Wednesday 12 February 2020

It was a pleasure to welcome Lou Johnson (Franklins, 2010) back to School last Friday to talk to our current Year 8s about her career as a Photographer.

Lou currently works for Spacesuit Media and covers the ABB FIA Formula E Championship for Mahindra Racing, and has photographed more than 35 Formula E races as well as events like the Goodwood Festival of Speed, Le Mans, and the World Endurance Championship. At the start of this year, she won the 2019 Motorsport UK Photographer of the Year award – the first women recipient!

The Year 8s had been studying movement & futurism within their art lessons. Head of Art, Mrs Rayner, said of Lou’s talk:

“Students and teachers listened avidly as our alumni, Lou Johnson described details of her life as a Motorsport Photographer and how she got to where she is today.  She described all the different countries she visits, and showed us the photography taken there, how she managed the shots, from scoping the track and planning her shots carefully to quick fire lucky shots.  Students were genuinely interested and asked such great questions about which cameras, lenses and software she uses to how long her award winning studio shots took to set up.  She spoke with such passion about her work and how she enjoyed her life as a photographer, it has genuinely inspired Year 8.”

After the talk, Lou was taken on a tour of the School by our Alumni Officer, Hannah, and then reunited with her A Level Psychology Teacher Mrs Ball for lunch!