Amos Chapple is a photojournalist who has travelled to more than seventy countries, spent a night in the coldest place on Earth, photographed Moscow’s Kremlin despite restrictions, and is one of the first photographers to have taken pictures of European cities using a drone.
Having started his career in New Zealand’s national newspaper, he was offered a job of a UNESCO heritage sights photographer. After four years of freelancing, he decided to settle down in Prague. However, being employed is not as easy as it may seem.
“There are two things that freelancing gives you: One is time, and the other is the freedom to fail,” says Amos. If he did not finish an assignment while freelancing, he could have easily gone back to teaching English. Now though, he has a job that everyone wants, and therefore he must prove himself every time. It is much more stressful and exhausting, compared to freelancing.
Amos was born in New Zealand, but his home is in Europe. He feels that here he can be the person he wants to be, even though he finds it difficult to make friends without speaking the local language.
When drones first came out, he took some time off from his English teaching job and travelled all around Europe. He knew that drones were going to change the whole photography industry.
He claims that photography is all about hard work. “You need to spend much of the time on the hunt and that is what so many people do not get.” Amos sees photography as a powerful tool, which is endlessly usable.
“I think that we will see a small renaissance in photojournalism. I mean, do people really get tired of photography? Because photography represents life itself. If you are bored with photos of the world, then you are bored with the world.”
Special thanks to Amos for his time and good luck with future assignments!
More of his work at amoschapplephoto.com.
Text vznikl v rámci kurzu Angličtina pro žurnalisty pod vedením Mgr. Aleny Proškové.
Foto: Amos Chapple