If Si looks like Grant Mitchell, then The Hideout must be his Queen Vic. But rather than being behind the bar, he’s usually behind the lens.
A lover of photography, Si can often be seen at a weekend holding his Nikon at a 45 degree angle and taking a black and white shot to add to his Instagram account. To be fair, he’s racked up a fair old amount of likes and some positive comments from some photography legends!
If he’s not out and about with his camera, he’s at the gym pumping iron and taking on a SAS style HITT class, which always reminds us of this scene from Extras.
What’s your job?
Good question, anything Sarah says I should be doing… from company carpenter to sales. On my business card it says Director.
So what do you actually do everyday?
My days are different… I could be creating proposals and tender responses for potential digital marketing projects, meeting new people or account managing some of our clients and taking them the odd bag of Percy Pigs for a catch up! You may also find me at the end of power saw or paintbrush, making or painting something for the office. I even keep my hand in on the creative side as part of the team responsible for the photography and video projects. Oh and there’s making the tea when I’m in the office, always a full round when its my turn!
Give us a song that describes you?
What keeps you motivated?
Always the next thing, whatever it may be. My bucket list grows as my life gets shorter. I love to try new things and have recently started exercises from the School of Calisthenics, which is a body weight-training program. I also love live music, photography and the odd Grand Designs DIY project, normally someone else’s! Last but not least, my kids!
Tell us your favourites: music, TV shows, films?
I don’t really do favourites as there’s so much out there but if I have to… films: Blade Runner, Alien and The Fundamentals of Caring (or any Indie film made for a budget of £5.37). TV: Daredevil on Netflix and The Vampire Diaries (please don’t ask). Music: Toooooo many… Joy division, The Jam, The Vapors, Ride, Nirvana, Foo Fighters, Green Day, House of Love, Jesus and Mary Chain, Jimmy Eat World… I think you get the picture!
What are your most recent discoveries? Any tv-shows, podcasts, blogs or books we should be keeping our eyes on?
School of Calisthenics, the full power of Adobe Lightroom, TriggerTrap app for long exposure photography and 500px.com. Recently the Vapors reformed after 35 years and I got to see and photograph them live! My favourite band from 1980 #cyclonerangers #newwave
You’ve got a time machine, where would you go first?
I’d round up all of Britain’s got Talent, The X factor and The Voice and drop them all off with the dinosaurs… let them have a taste of reality running from a T Rex.
Tell us something you wish clients knew?
How Google worked and what it’s capable of… LMGTFY.
Team of choice?
Williams F1 (Mansell/Hill era)… Red 5.
What is one guilty pleasure you enjoy too much to give up?
Clotted cream and the odd Guinness (not together though)… enough said.
Your best impression?
I can do a few but my best are Scouse, Irish, Indian, Scooby Doo (Raagggy), Scottish (Specifically Sean Connery)… a trumpet and a heavily moo-ing cow.
What’s your earliest creative memory?
A drawing I did for my Nan when I was 3, which I still have! I think it was during my abstract period because I haven’t a clue what it’s about!
Cats or dogs?
Dogs, specifically German Shepherds.
What do you wish you had known 5 years ago?
Calisthenics and how much I could of saved on gym memberships by using my own weight to train with.
What are the 3 things you’d take to a desert island and why?
My camera with a never ending battery life and storage (eh Sam didn’t think of that did you?), a magical Wurlitzer juke-box where the record selection is different everyday and my drum kit.
If you had a tagline, what would it be?
‘Guess what? My car’s got a puncture!’ or ‘Cheers, Si.’
If you could give the people reading one piece of advice, what would it be?
Live for the day and don’t take life too seriously, it isn’t worth it.