5 comments on “Farewell to the King of the Sporting Lens

  1. Pingback: Remembering Mike King | Greenwich.co.uk Blogs

  2. Hi Barney – that’s a great piece.
    Just back from Mike King’s funeral. It was nice to see so many familiar faces albeit in very sad circumstances. Here is what I wrote about Mike and what he meant to me
    I met Mike about 7 years ago. I came across his photography on his Flickr web page and as a keen sports fan I instantly recognized some of the images from newspaper sports pages and magazines over the 80’s and 90’s. Iconic images. Amazing images,
    any single one of which as an amateur you might manage something half as good maybe once in your life. Here I was looking at a whole collection of them by the same bloke.
    I began to leave comments on them like some besotted schoolboy and Mike would respond in kind on my own efforts. We soon established we lived very close to each other and a friendship was born.
    Over the following years Mike happily encouraged me to tag along with him to numerous events. Tough Guy, Wimbledon, Cycling and some Olympic trial events where he would brazenly blag us into places we shouldn’t be – especially me without any press credentials. I would just hover behind him while he charmed some security guard with his large frame and gentle humour. He tried to get me into the Olympic opening ceremony but didn’t pull it off but he made this up by getting a shot of my daughter leading out the Antiguan team. It has pride of place in our home.
    That was Mike – anything for a mate. Anything. I called him Guv’nor.
    I persuaded him to give a talk at my camera club, which proved so popular it was a fixture year after year until eventually he joined as a member. He always had time for everyone there, a tip or a kind word. He would think nothing of offering virtual strangers the use of his own expensive lenses. He began to photograph our local areas of Greenwich and Woolwich and make friends with an ever-expanding network of local photographers through Twitter and Facebook.
    Mike was truly a gentle man – a man without ego, of a kind generous and spirit. A man of great humour and a remarkable talent,
    an ordinary bloke and an extraordinary photographer, an irreplaceable friend.

  3. Just back from Mike King’s funeral. It was nice to see so many familiar faces albeit in very sad circumstances. Here is what I wrote about Mike and what he meant to me
    I met Mike about 7 years ago. I came across his photography on his Flickr web page and as a keen sports fan I instantly recognized some of the images from newspaper sports pages and magazines over the 80’s and 90’s. Iconic images. Amazing images,
    any single one of which as an amateur you might manage something half as good maybe once in your life. Here I was looking at a whole collection of them by the same bloke.
    I began to leave comments on them like some besotted schoolboy and Mike would respond in kind on my own efforts. We soon established we lived very close to each other and a friendship was born.
    Over the following years Mike happily encouraged me to tag along with him to numerous events. Tough Guy, Wimbledon, Cycling and some Olympic trial events where he would brazenly blag us into places we shouldn’t be – especially me without any press credentials. I would just hover behind him while he charmed some security guard with his large frame and gentle humour. He tried to get me into the Olympic opening ceremony but didn’t pull it off but he made this up by getting a shot of my daughter leading out the Antiguan team. It has pride of place in our home.
    That was Mike – anything for a mate. Anything. I called him Guv’nor.
    I persuaded him to give a talk at my camera club, which proved so popular it was a fixture year after year until eventually he joined as a member. He always had time for everyone there, a tip or a kind word. He would think nothing of offering virtual strangers the use of his own expensive lenses. He began to photograph our local areas of Greenwich and Woolwich and make friends with an ever-expanding network of local photographers through Twitter and Facebook.
    Mike was truly a gentle man – a man without ego, of a kind generous and spirit. A man of great humour and a remarkable talent,
    an ordinary bloke and an extraordinary photographer, an irreplaceable friend.

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