Mike (left) sharing his thoughts with Treadell at the photo exhibition.
PHOTOGRAPHER Mike McGear McCartney’s passion in photography has led to an out-of-the-box thinking that fuels his thirst to discover, develop and see the common surroundings in a fresh perspective.
Composing an image is simple but with a little thought plus a creative angle, Mike, gives a freshness and progression to the common perspective.
He encourages young people to be observant of their surroundings and see things with a fresh angle.
Mike, who is the younger brother of Paul McCartney from the famous English group Beatles, said teenagers who have a higher-than-average exposure to arts, be it photography, music or drama tend to take their imagination a step further that allows them to create something from abstract ideas.
It was Paul who gave Mike a Rollei camera in 1962, which made him pursue photography.
“Photography, music and drama allows a person to explore their own creativity,” he said.
Mike, 73, who is a member of the Liverpool comedy, poetry and music group, the Scaffold, and Honorary Fellow of Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU), is holding a specially curated exclusive exhibition of his photography to commemorate the university’s 25th anniversary.
An exhibition titled, “A Story of My Liverpool Life” was held at the Sky Lounge in Grand Hyatt, Kuala Lumpur to showcase his favourite compositions of his home city past and present.
The exhibition was officiated by British High Commissioner to Malaysia, Victoria Treadell.
Mike said he was grateful to his late father, Jim McCartney, a cotton salesman and part-time pianist, who encouraged him to pursue music by giving him and his brothers a guitar and banjo, and later a drum kit.
“It was my dad who gave us the gift of music.
“With this freedom, we developed ourselves and did what we wanted with our lives,” he said.