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Sheffield Portraits: Tom Wilkinson by Mark Howe
Sheffield Portraits: Tom Wilkinson by Mark Howe

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Sheffield Portraits: Tom Wilkinson by Mark Howe

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BY Daniel Chapman

Photographer and illustrator Mark Howe is someone we love working with in Sheffield, and we’ve admired his work for a long time; so for our first issue, we asked him to shoot some people in the city whose work he most admires. People talk a lot about the creativity in Sheffield and all the fantastic possibilities – these are some of the people who are doing things to make the possible happen

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Tom Wilkinson • by Mark Howe
Tom Wilkinson • by Mark Howe

“Tom’s the person I’ve known the longest from this group of people. He’s an English Literature graduate, who I met when he was working in a place called Bragazzi’s, a fantastic little Italian deli and café; it’s a bit out of the centre, but well worth a visit. I ended up doing some design work for his old band, The Darlings Of The Split Screen, and later we recorded some music together and played a live set at a brewery launch party. It was great fun.

“He has a passion for food and drink – I think of myself as a foodie but he knows much more about it than I do. If I ever need advice on which biscuits go best with different cheeses or what to drink with what, he’s the man I call.

“Tom has won awards for being a top barista, and has even represented his country at international level in barista competitions. That helped him get the job he has now, working for a company that makes tea and coffee and travelling to the places they supply, getting involved in training and helping them sell. Like many people these days, he’s taken a roundabout route, but ended up with a job that he really enjoys.”

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Originally published in The City Talking: Sheffield, issue 1

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