Mike GossSu Shanson

The Eclipse Team

About Mike
An interest in photography began at an early age for Mike Goss, buying his first camera at the age of 9. After leaving school and deciding that industrial chemistry was not a career he enjoyed; a friend said, "you've always keen and enthusiastic about taking pictures, why don't you go to a different college, and study Photography?" So, - he did for 3 years, and was awarded the Master Photographers Association Shield for being the top student in the 3rd and final year at The London College of Communications – part of The University of Arts.

His first rung on the commercial ladder was a year as an assistant with Bob Brooks, an efficiency expert turned art director for Benton & Bowles Advertising Agency in New York. Bob came to London with techniques he'd gleaned from photographers, one such was Irving Penn. By 1968 Mike had worked for Peter Alexander (still-life/room sets) and Jean Vernier (fashion - Vogue) in Chelsea off the Kings Road and had gained a large range of experience in the spectrum of advertising photography.
Mike started on his own in a studio in Notting Hill just after it was used in the film "Blow-Up" - David Hemmings, acting as a photographer in the leading role.

A few years later Mike was to join a small band of like-minded photographers in what is now The Association of Photographers Ltd. / 81,Leonard Street EC2A 4QS, in The City of London. See Web Links page.

Throughout 20 years of producing commissioned photography for advertising agencies, fashion & design groups, Mike often was supplied with an artist impression of what the photograph should look like. He then had to make it happen, even if it looked impossible. This gave rise to adopting movie animation, model-work, and multiple exposure techniques to large format cameras for greater accuracy & quality. He moved to the West End and worked for most of the larger advertising agencies in London from his studio off Tottenham Court Road, W1.

Since his move to East Sussex he has still been taking on commissions as well as running courses here by the beautiful countryside and coastline. He likes to explore and talk to people wherever he is and take pictures of whatever is happening.


About Su
Su is Mike's Partner and a Business Mentor. She worked for many years in Graphic Art Studios and as an Art Buyer in top London Advertising Agencies (e.g. J.Walter Thompson) and gained considerable business experience.
Since 1990 she has been running workshops, mentoring small businesses and offering marketing consultancy to SME's here in Sussex.

Her aim is to help clients improve and establish solid business practices. It is one thing to be a technical and creative photographer, but it is just as important to make your business profitable and visible. She has recently achieved 2009 Sfedi accreditation and is a member of The Institute of Leadership and Management. Su enjoys playing golf, tennis and alto sax.