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From the other side of the camera Published: 15 June 2012

MCC asked former Wisden Cricketer of the Year and double world cup winner Claire Taylor to join our regular photographers when Middlesex took on the West Indians at Lord's on Wednesday 13 June.

Taylor, who retired from international cricket in 2011, is a keen amateur photographer more used to capturing natural landscape scenes than action shots of the game she excelled at during a 15-year international career.

But under the watchful eye of Getty Images' Tom Shaw, Taylor took her chance to learn about the game from another perspective.

"It was nice to see cricket from a different angle," admitted the former batsman, who scored more than 5,000 runs in all three formats of the game for England.

"I started off taking pictures of good cricket - a nice forward defensive shot or a textbook cover drive. But as Tom has taught me, it's not those pictures which you can make money from - they're looking for something unorthodox and a bit different.

"While I was more interested in the game, Tom was thinking about the composition of the photo and what the end result would look like."

Taylor's relationship with Shaw, and some of the other photographers who make up a small band of professionals following England wherever they go, blossomed after she was named the first female Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 2009.

Now into her first summer of international retirement and armed with Canon equipment kindly loaned from Park Cameras, Taylor jumped at the chance to finally get together with Shaw - who also benefitted from a relationship she described as 'quid pro quo'.

"I've learned a lot about photography today - but Tom has also learned a lot about batting and I think I've been able to help him.

"When you've played so much cricket, you can get an indication of what a batsman is going to do by the little triggers in their stance or changes in their mindset. So I think I've taught him something as well!"

 

 


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