28 Jul From submarines to cameras – My journey through the Royal Navy

Source: Fuji X Passion

Hello! I’m Joel, a mid-30s photographer serving in the Royal Navy. I was born in Leeds but haven’t lived there since I was 17 when I left to join the navy. As I type this, I live in Plymouth, but am on the cusp of a move to the West Midlands. I’m one of the Royal Navy’s 40 or so photographers, responsible for telling the navy’s story, which I’ve been doing for around ten years.

The relocation to the West Midlands is on assignment to teach at the Defence School of Photography, which is very exciting for me. After a decade of being on the spanners, I will now get to pass some of that experience and expertise on in a job I have dreamt of since the day I walked into the ‘school’, as we call it, all those years ago.

Fuji X-T10 . Fuji XF35mmF1.4 . F/4 . 1/2000″ . ISO 200 – Luxembourg LEFT: Fuji X-T2 . Fuji XF18-55mmF2.8-4 @55mm . F/4 . 1/60″ . ISO 200 – Castle Combe
RIGHT: Fuji X-T2 . Fuji XF18-55mmF2.8-4 @44,40mm . F/4 . 1/125″ . ISO 200 – Shaftesbury

My journey to becoming a photographer within the Royal Navy was a fairly long one. I joined the navy in 2003, at exactly 17 years and 4 days of age! I never really fancied further education and wanted a career with some form of hands-on trade that offered some unique experiences. This desire led me to join as

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