Bill Ward is an award winning British actor and photographer, born and raised in Newcastle-upon-Tyne.
He is probably best known for playing the badly behaved builder Charlie Stubbs in the UK TV show Coronation Street, a role he played for over 300 episodes and three and a half years, and for which he won a number of awards. He recently finished playing the long suffering farmer, James Barton, in Emmerdale, for which he was also nominated for a number of awards, and is currently touring the UK with the Bath Theatre Royal production of Shakespeare in Love.
As a photographer, Bill is essentially self-taught, and has been taking photographs since the age of 6. He is a brand ambassador for Pentax Cameras. He was awarded the inaugural Adobe Prize for his photograph "Rainbow Falls" at the 2015 Take a View UK Landscape Photographer of the Year Awards. He has had over a dozen photographs shortlisted at the Outdoor Photographer of the Year Awards, as well as various Nominations and Honourable Mentions at the International Photographer of the Year Awards, and Fine Art Photographer of the Year Awards. His work has also been featured in a number of books, newspapers, magazines, advertising campaigns, and on the BBC website.
Constantly in search of peace and quiet, his photography is a response, and in many ways an antidote, to the time he spends as an actor working in the public eye. His primary photographic interest is landscapes, whether natural, urban or industrial. A native of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, he is specifically drawn to water, and has a strong interest in history. Things that were once great, faded glory, a wistfulness for a time when, loom very big on his radar.
He has for some time now been experimenting with ICM (Intentional Camera Movement - the process of deliberately moving the camera whilst taking a picture) and in-camera Multiple Exposures, which he finds particularly revealing of the "essence" of any meeting between a person and wherever they happen to be.
Here's a link to his website where you see some examples of his work: http://billwardphotography.co.uk/ .