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

What do you do?

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.

Find this article useful?

Get more great articles like this in your inbox every lunchtime

The CEO's guide to switching off

Too much hard work is counterproductive. Here four leaders share how they ease the pressure....

What Lego robots can teach us about motivating teams

People crave meaningful work, yet managers can so easily make it all seem futile.

What went wrong at Debenhams?

There are lessons in the high street store's sorry story.

How to find the right mentor or executive coach

One minute briefing: McDonald’s UK CEO Paul Pomroy.

What you don't want to copy from Silicon Valley

Workplace Evolution podcast: Twitter's former EMEA chief Bruce Daisley on Saturday emails, biased recruitment and...

Research: How the most effective CEOs spend their time

Do you prefer the big, cross-functional meeting or the one-to-one catch-up?