Cricket focus part of features push by former Scotsman snapper

A FORMER chief photographer at The Scotsman is offering a cricket photography service as he launches himself as a news and features freelancer.

Donald MacLeod was at The Scotsman for 29 years before recently taking a redundancy package as part of a cost-cutting exercise by the paper.

Declaring himself “cricket mad”, he is already in a position to offer media outlets access to a large library of cricket photography – mainly Scottish.

One of his three sons plays cricket for Warwickshire and Scotland.

He says: “I’ve been cricket mad for years and have already been working with [Scottish cricket freelance writers] David Kelso, Willie Dick and one or two others.

“Obviously, I’m up for other types of work too, particularly news and arts features – which I have done a fair bit of during my time at The Scotsman – but it’s really picture ideas I’m looking for and perhaps turn that into something for a client.”

He joined The Scotsman in 1980, after training at The Press and Journal.

MacLeod – who was also chief photographer at Scotland on Sunday for much of his time at sister title, The Scotsman – is in the process of building a website to showcase his work.

Remarkably, for all that his name is common in his native Western Isles, he has managed to secure the website address, which will be up and running in the next week or so.

PS It was going-away drinks last night for The Scotsman’s features editor, Jackie Hunter, and the paper’s Scottish political editor, Hamish Macdonell.

It’s understood Hunter – who is leaving after three-and-a half years at the title – will be available for freelance writing commissions, editing projects and editorial consultancy, in both Edinburgh and London.

Meanwhile, Macdonell’s last piece for the paper was a story about an agreement concerning police access to MSP offices at Holyrood. “Two hundred and fifty words, down page,” he sighed.

Pic: Howzat? MacLeod at his Best