Sheffield Portraits: Tom Wilkinson by Mark Howe
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
“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.”
Originally published in The City Talking: Sheffield, issue 1