Meet Lloyd Belcher
Posted on June 27 2017
Tell us a little bit about yourself. What's your name, where are you from?
I’m Lloyd Belcher, born in England & raised in Hong Kong which is where I consider home. I’m a self-taught photographer and filmmaker who specializes in action photography and short film documentaries. From childhood, I’ve been hard-wired to adventure & exploration whether that be on the land or in the water, and over the years, the camera has become my exploration tool. I’m drawn to where athleticism and art meet in photography and as a runner, I gravitate to the ‘long bumpy stuff’ such as ultra mountain races & have finished races like the Dragons Back Race 2015 [200 mile mountain race across Wales] and the Ultra Trail Mount Fuji [100 mile ultra running race] among a number of other ultra running events.
What led you to take the jump from academia to chase your passion with photography and filmmaking?
After spending years pursuing a career in academia as a university lecturer and researcher in social sciences, I decided that I didn’t want to carry on wondering what it would have been like to step out & do what I really wanted to do: capturing images in mountains & other places where I preferred to be. It was a risky move to leave a secure career to try & make something out of photography but I did not want to live in regret wondering ‘what if?’ Four years later and I can say it was the best move I’ve ever made.
Who are some clients you have worked for in the past?I’ve been fortunate to work with a host of great folk including National Geographic, Patagonia, ’veThe North Face, Lululemon Athletica, Scott Sports & others
What's it like living in Hong Kong?
Hong Kong is a unique place full of quirky juxtapositions. It is a bustling city & yet also has some beautiful natural areas that surprise visitors to this place. I have lived here for 35 years and it is definitely my home & the place I miss when I am away. To get the most out of the real Hong Kong & really connect with locals then it’s best to speak Cantonese and not just do the ‘expat life’. It offers so much for image capturing with its’ cultural vibrancy and different urban & natural environment expressions.
What gets you out of bed every morning?
Challenge & adventure. I’m determined to live life to the fullest & enjoy the moments that each day holds. I’ve been given some great opportunities but they don’t come served on a plate and so it means getting out of bed ready for a day of grafting, hard work but fun doing what I always wanted to do.
I have a busy few months coming up as I head off for assignments in China and then France & Italy where I’ll not only be shooting for clients but taking part & racing in the 119km TDS mountain race that is part of the Ultra Trail Mont Blanc races.