Hello, my name is John Ord.
I’m a photographer based in Winchcombe, Gloucestershire.
I am technically minded and originally studied Design Engineering, starting my career in aerospace and then moving into the automotive industry, which is more styling influenced. I led the team that design engineered the Range Rover Sport interior, ergonomically and aesthetically a great success, and then returned to aerospace with the Airbus Future Projects Office, where I worked with colleagues from Germany, France, and Spain. This was great for developing my networking and communication skills, and I do speak a little French and German, although not (yet) fluently. I’ve worked on everything from hairdryers to jet fighters, and am currently working on a project with the Bloodhound SSC team, designing a car aiming to break 1000mph and set a new land speed record.
Alongside my design jobs, I’ve run different photography businesses. I set up a successful event photography business, shooting motorsports, equestrian, and dog agility events, and I now run Kinetic Studios, a 1600 sq ft commercial and advertising studio in the Cotswolds. The Kodak Instamatic has been replaced with top end Canon digital equipment, and Bowens and Arri lighting.
My passion now is photographing people, and more specifically sports people. I’m a keen novice triathlete myself, and I’m committed to promoting the benefits that come from living a healthy and active lifestyle. I launched an ambitious project in 2009 to photograph a range of GB Olympic and Paralympic athletes, and it is the rapport I have developed with these dedicated sports people that has been most rewarding. Stories of grueling training programmes, career threatening injuries, and desperate attempts to raise funding, have added gravitas to the glory and triumph of the Olympic podium.
My images have been supplied to a range of national charity campaigns, sports management agencies, and elite athletes websites. My work has been featured in editorial and on the cover of Athletics Weekly, the UK’s premier athletics magazine. In addition my images have been used by Olympic sponsor Panasonic, and been featured in The Daily Telegraph sports section. A gallery of my images was showcased on The Telegraph’s Olympics dedicated website when it was launched with one year to go to the 2012 Games, and in March 2012 I held my debut solo exhibition at Red Bull’s London studio offices.
National charities I have worked with include SportsAid, the UK national charity that helps young sports people to achieve their potential, Disability Sport Wales, which supports and promotes Welsh disability athletes, and RELAYS, the Regional Educational Legacy for Arts and Youth Sport.
In 2012 I was commissioned by the British Paralympic Association to produce a series of editorial portraits of their elite athletes in the run up to the 2012 Games, and I have worked closely with a number of Olympic, World, European, and Commonwealth Champions.
When I’m asked what’s my favourite part of photography, it is without a doubt the collaborative element. I thrive on building rapport with my subjects and the creative teams I work with, and all of the images in my portfolio are a result of that. I get the biggest buzz out of drawing out peoples personalities during a shoot, and capturing real emotion and feeling in an image.
Clients & Associates
The Daily Telegraph
Jason Gardener – Pathways to Success
The Epilepsy Society
“John was great to work with and produced some amazing shots for my portfolio. He really took the time to ensure the best results and made me feel completely at ease during the shoot.”
David Roberts CBE, 11 times Paralympic Champion
“Great studio, relaxed, friendly and professional photographer, iconic shots. Highly recommended.”
Leon Taylor, Olympic Medalist and Inspirational Speaker
“John has been working with a number of our clients at Definitive over the past 9 months. He has worked with World Champion Dai Greene, Olympic Medalist Tasha Danvers, and 11 times Paralympic Gold Medalist David Roberts, to name just a few. Not only have the shots been fantastic, our athletes and sponsors alike have loved them. We have had amazing feed back from all of our athletes. John is a true professional and we look forward to working with him again in the near future.”
Jamie Baulch, World Champion & Definitive Sports Manager
“John Ord’s work is creative, dynamic and very powerful. It was an absolute pleasure to work with John, who is passionate about what he does. John is professional in every stage of the photography process, to ensure that I achieve the high quality images that I require. John has excellent interpersonal skills, enabling me to be comfortable in the studio environment. I have and will continue to recommend John’s services throughout the sports industry that I operate within.”
Jason Gardener MBE, Olympic Champion
“John has worked with GSE developing some iconic photography for some of our leading Olympic athletes who we’re promoting in the run up to London 2012. We couldn’t have asked for any more in terms of the standard of service we received from him and the quality of the images he produced were of the highest level and now play a large part in any marketing collateral we produce. Safe to say we already have more dates in place with John to shoot our other clients.”
Gab Stone, GSE Agency
The athlete project Fortius has been exhibited at a number of prestigious galleries and world class businesses.
This ambitious project spanned three years, photographing a wide range of GB Olympic and Paralympic athletes, including Olympic Champion Jade Jones, World Champion Dai Greene, Multiple Paralympic Champion David Roberts, Olympic Champion Jason Gardener, Commonwealth Champion Louise Hazel, and Olympic Silver Medallist Leon Taylor
Red Bull, Tooley Street, London
14 March – 21 March 2012
Victoria Art Gallery, Bath
25 May – 1 July 2012
The Octagon, Bath
3 July – 30 July 2012
gallery@oxo, South Bank, London
31 July – 13 August 2012
Publicis Modem, Baker Street, London
29 August – 9 September 2012
Cooper Gallery, Barnsley, Yorkshire
8 September – 28 October 2012
KPMG Canary Wharf, London
26 January – 26 April 2013
If you are a gallery, business, or charity interested in hosting a future exhibition, please get in touch and we’ll be happy to discuss opportunities.