The character Colin Creevey in the Harry potter Universe is Harry Potter’s biggest fan and a boy who loves to take photos. It turns out that the Muggle actor who played Creevey in blockbuster movies grew up and became a true professional photographer.
Hugh Mitchell grew up in the historic English town of Winchester, which is often voted one of the happiest places in the UK. Her life changed after learning that auditions were being held for the Harry Potter films.
“At school, I was not a theater freak, even though I was in a weird play,” Mitchell said. PetaPixel. “I once saw a fax from Warner Bros. on the notice board (it’s a fax telling you how long it’s been) recruiting candidates to audition for the second Harry Potter film. Even at this point, I knew this was a big deal, and decided to apply, spurred on by encouragement from my friends and the reasoning that I had nothing to lose…
“Long story short, I got through three quite nerve-racking sets of auditions and was ultimately chosen to play the role of Colin Creevey. It was completely crazy!
In the Harry potter series, Colin Creevey is a Muggle-born Gryffindor student who is a year younger than Harry Potter, whom he revere. Here’s a clip of Creevey introducing himself to Harry in the 2002 film. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets:
“The experience [of acting in Harry Potter] was different from everyone else, even for someone who knows the movie business (which I wasn’t), ”Mitchell says. “There’s more to the wait than most people realize, but the thrill of being on set, wearing the costume, meeting the cast and working with a crew was both exhilarating and terrifying. , with countless “pinch me” moments.
“Of course, it had ramifications for how the rest of my life went, so I’m extremely grateful to have been part of it.”
After appearing in Harry potterMitchell joined an agency in London and worked as an actor for the next decade and a half, appearing in television shows, films and some West End theater productions. He also held “normal” jobs on the side, as most actors do due to unpredictable work schedules.
But eventually, Mitchell decided to focus on one of his other passions: photography.
“I finally decided to move on and pursue my passion for photography,” Mitchell says. “I am now a full-time photographer who takes photos of landscapes, portraits, weddings and a handful of product photographs. It’s also unpredictable to a degree, but I’m a lot more in control, there’s tons of variation and I get to meet some really cool people.
Mitchell’s love for photography began at a young age. His father was an avid photographer and he also won a Pentax camera in a magazine contest when he was 10 years old.
“I think putting a camera in your hands when you’re a kid can play a big role,” he says. “But I didn’t take it seriously as a hobby until a few years ago, when it all became about landscapes and how photography blends so well with a passion for the outdoors. , a virus that I also had.
“I stumbled across Thomas Heaton’s landscape photography channel on YouTube, followed by Simon Baxter’s, and they both kindled a little spark in me, to use a snap.
“As a birthday present I was offered a place in one of their workshops in the Lake District – still one of the best weeks of my life – and that’s when I started to entertain the idea of becoming a full-time photographer. “
After falling in love with landscape photography, Mitchell branched out into a number of other genres, from commissioned work to wedding photography.
“Now I have a broader approach in my professional work, at the slight risk of having too many fingers in too many pies,” he says. “I discovered portraiture, in large part thanks to other photographers like Sean Tucker, and I loved learning about the different approaches and techniques involved.
“There are common principles between the different branches of photography, of course – light, composition, exposure – but landscapes and portraits are obviously still completely different kettles. I also didn’t expect to get into wedding photography – I used to think I would find it too stressful. Which is good, but it’s also a lot of fun and extremely rewarding.
On the equipment side, Mitchell now uses a Canon 5D Mark II digital SLR and a Canon 6D Mark I digital SLR.
“[The cameras] these days, those are pretty old-school choices, ”says Mitchell. “But they are versatile, reliable and tough, and the L-series lenses give great results. I have no doubt that I will join the Mirrorless Revolution at some point, however.
“I also use a Manfrotto 190 carbon fiber tripod, strobes and Godox modifiers.”
Unlike other actors who may seek to stand out from a childhood role they are famous for, Mitchell is happy to embrace his old role of Creevey while continuing to grow his new career.
“As much as I’m not afraid of my connection to Harry Potter, I can empathize with the mindset of not wanting something you did as a kid to define you for the rest of the time,” Mitchell says. . “As adults we want to forge our own paths and create meaningful work that stands on its own. So that’s my ambition with photography.
You can find more of Mitchell’s work on his website and Instagram. You can also purchase limited edition prints through its online store.