Brain food: We'd love that job - Sports photographer. Marc Aspland, The Times

What do you do?

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Last Updated: 31 Aug 2010

I photograph all the great sporting events. As a British newspaper, The Times has to cover the whole gamut: I went to Euro 2004 and I'm off to the Olympics this month. The bigger the football match, the more emotionally involved I become. The England-Portugal game was a series of incidents and I had to capture all of them. It was amazing when Lampard equalised, but all us English photographers had a horrible feeling about the penalties. And sure enough - an English loss. As a photographer, I get the best view, but I can't control the people I'm shooting, so it's down to my ability to capture the right image. I like having to produce on every single game.

How did you get the job?

I had wanted to be a photographer since I was a kid. It's a bit of a busman's holiday. I've been on The Times man and boy for 15 years. I cut my teeth on news, fashion and politics, but I've always been interested in sport. I got the opportunity to specialise about 11 years ago.

Does reality match the dream?

No. The downside is that I'm away from my family for 25 weeks of the year. I would give my right arm to be home at 6 o'clock every evening. It's a pressurised job, with stress levels pro rata to the sporting event.

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