Team Sky are delighted to announce they will be continuing their relationship with award-winning photographer Scott Mitchell during this summer’s Tour de France.
Mitchell was recruited by the team this season to capture behind-the-scenes imagery during the Tour de Romandie and Giro d’Italia, and such was the positive reaction to his work that the partnership has been extended to include cycling’s biggest bike race.
Based in Edinburgh, Mitchell comes from an advertising and design background but made his first foray into professional cycling when he was invited by Bradley Wiggins to shoot photography for his 2010 book ‘On Tour’.
With that commission in the bag, Mitchell then turned his attention to music photography and began working closely with artists such as Steve Cradock (Ocean Colour Scene), North Atlantic Oscillation and The Moons.
Cycling remained one his key passions though, and having worked so successfully during the spring, Mitchell is delighted to have been given further unrivalled access to the team.
He said: “Working with Team Sky has energised my photography and I’ve rediscovered a side to it that I haven’t experienced in years.
“If I’m doing an exhibition then I’m in control - or if I’m doing a commercial shoot then I’m the one who’s directing - so it’s been nice to work the other way around where I’m having to think on my feet and be reactive. That’s given me a real boost and has been a really exciting challenge.
“Going to the Tour is going to be an amazing experience and I’m really looking forward to it. I’m massively grateful to Team Sky for giving me this opportunity and I can’t wait to get snapping.”
Breath of fresh air
Team Sky’s Digital Manger Jonathan Turner said: “Scott has been a breath of fresh air since he began his work at the Tour of Romandie. The photographs he has captured are stunning and we are delighted he will be joining us at the Tour de France.
“As he doesn’t come from a sports background, he has a unique perspective of what goes on. He doesn’t just shoot the riders in action, but sees the little things on the periphery which combine together to capture the true essence of cycling.
"At Team Sky we're always looking to provide unique insights and access for our fans, but Scott's work also has a wider appeal and we’re hoping his photography will bring both the team and the sport to a whole new audience.”