On my old blog I started a series of interviews with some of the interesting folk of Sheffield, one of them is my favourite bloke of all time, my husband, Timm.
I talk about him a lot on So Bad Ass as he is a huge part of my journey, illness and recovery and so thought it would be nice to share it here.
With a music career that spanned two decades, Timm has worked for so many bands, there are too many to mention so I’ll just mention a few of the Sheffield bands, Reverend and the Makers, Richard Hawley, Human League and Arctic Monkeys.
In early 2005 Timm started working for Arctic Monkeys, he spent the next 6 years touring the world with them, watching the band grow from a bunch of teenage kids to one of the most popular and influential bands of our generation.
Then after almost 20 years in the business, he decided he would stop. That he wanted to do something different.
Photograph: Timm Cleasby
We have three kids together and touring 9 months of the year just got too much. He tells me that one day he was sat in a suite in some exotic location, in the bar downstairs were a group of young, beautiful famous faces partying. And all he wanted was to be back at home with me and the kids. So he stopped touring…
He was interviewed by Mixed in Sheffield, about his life and work in the music industry, its a really interesting watch, take a look.
So how do you move on in your work life from touring the world with musicians? Well, we knew it had to be something that he loved. So he took his years as an amateur photographer and put them into use. We set up a photography company, The Picture Foundry, and have spent the last few years building it up into an amazing business where we work together every day and Timm is at home and there for his kids every day.
He also runs Responsible Fishing UK with his best friend James Brunt, creating natural art installations and working with children and young people to encourage arts and play. He keeps his finger in the music pie as the Productions Director for Sheffield festival, Tramlines.
Let’s get to the interview…
Name, age, gender
Timm Cleasby, 40, Bloke
What do you do?
Photographer, Artist, Organiser of festivals
Photograph: Andy Willsher
How has living in Sheffield and Yorkshire affected your life and attitude?
Living in Sheffield has affected my life in so many ways, I moved here when I was 19 and from then on it’s shaped my life, from studying photography at Stradbroke college to getting dragged into the music industry gigging with local bands in the early 90’s. It’s also inspired much of my work and style in photography, I love industrial settings, probably due hanging out in too many dodgy warehouses and industrial ruins. I would have never had the opportunities I have had without being in Sheffield.
It’s affected my attitude in many ways too… coming originally from Barnsley it was a bit of a shock living in Sheffield, the multicultural nature of the city and the many characters and sub cultures that made up Sheffield in the 90’s challenged most of the conceptions I’d had living in Barnsley in such a positive way… and I’m glad it did.
Yorkshire has provided such an amazing place to live, I’ve had many chances to move away (London, Aus, USA) but I’ve always felt at home here, even though I’ve spent most of my life away Sheffield and Yorkshire has always been the place I come home to.
How would you describe yourself in 5 words?
Grumpy, Creative, Beardy, Happy, Bloke
Tell me something peculiar about yourself.
I have “Dude” tattooed on my left shoulder and the owner of a tattoo shop / bar called White Trash in Berlin, Germany has “Sweet”…. Yep we were drunk.
I’m going to be a 40 year old Grandpa
I like Fish Fingers and Custard
What are your future aims?
To have an amazing photo studio in a beautiful house that we can use as locations inside and out
To be a great dad / grandpa
To reach old age with my lovely wife but still act like kids
To have my own festival with my Best pal James
If there were a zombie apocalypse, what would your survival plan be?
Fight, fight, fight… Gather as many tools, weapons and vehicles as I can and FIGHT.
What is your favorite thing about Sheffield?
The fact the within 20 minutes I can be in the city or amazing country side or a big shopping mall.
Love Sam x