April 2, 2016

Q&A: Julian Finney

Photographer at Getty Images

By Maria Noble In Stories

Julian Finney is a London-based photographer who travels the world shooting different sporting events, including tennis. He shot that iconic image of Andy Murray making his way through the crowd on Centre Court at Wimbledon after the Brit won The Championships in 2013.

Julian was kind enough to take some time from his busy schedule to answer a few questions.

WHEN DID YOU START SHOOTING TENNIS?

I started at Getty in 2004 and always had an interest in shooting tennis for them. After playing tennis myself from an early age, I wanted to photograph the sport. Tennis is generally played in good weather resulting in colourful photography that creates good shadows and shapes forming graphic imagery.

FAVORITE TOURNAMENT?

Wimbledon has to be my favourite. Coming from England, it is the one tournament I grew up watching every year and then queuing up to watch live. I love how close you get on the outside courts. The grass courts are quite unique and it’s a special time of the year especially as they don’t play on the surface as much as they used to decades ago.

FAVORITE PLAYER TO SHOOT?

Rafael Nadal, he’s so explosive and shows pure grit, determination, power and emotion. Because of the way he plays, with heavy top spin and favours his forehand most of the time, he creates great shapes. It appears like Rafa tries harder than most by putting his body through pain. I love his sprint to the baseline after the coin toss followed by a jump in the air like a raging bull. Finally, his spectacular celebrations result in great photography.

WHAT OTHER SPORTS DO YOU SHOOT?

All sorts, really. I cover winter and summer Olympic Games, plenty of football at home as well as rugby, cricket, Formula 1 and many more.

FOLLOW JULIAN

You can follow Julian at www.julianfinney.com and on Twitter @julianfinney.

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