Over the weekend of the 19th and 20th August, Southampton welcomed 10 cruise ships into its ports.
Ships including Queen Mary 2 and the Azura brought 55,000 passengers to the city which was a massive boost for Southampton’s economy.
It was also a fantastic site to behold as several of these gigantic vessels navigated Southampton water within minutes of each other.
During this time a local photographer Andrew Sassoli-Walker captured an incredible image (pictured right) that took social media by storm.
The image that captures 4 cruise ships as they head up Southampton water was a one in a million shot.
When shared on The Southampton Guide’s Facebook page the image reached over 100,000 people and was shared 635 times!
The Southampton Guide decided it wanted to know a little bit more about the man behind the photograph so spoke to Andrew, he told us:
I am Southampton born and bred, and now live with my wife and two young sons in Hythe.
My interest in photography started at the age of 8 when my Aunt & Uncle bought me a small camera. Upon getting my first job, I managed to get my first SLR, a Russian Zenith, which taught me the art and techniques of photography. This camera was built like a tank, and weighed a lot too!
I upgraded to Canon, and have used Canon equipment ever since.
Working in the port of Southampton, there is always something new and different going on, be it a glorious sunset, or maiden arrival of a brand new cruise ship.
I have been fortunate to take photos for the port, and have covered many of the high profile events, probably my favourites were the naming of Royal Princess by the Duchess of Cambridge and the naming of Britannia by Her Majesty the Queen.
Photography is like taking a snap shot in time, with the results there for ever. Everywhere I go, I am always on the lookout for an opportunity, my long suffering wife often says I see life through a lens!
The photo of the 4 cruise ships heading up Southampton Water was one of those “being in the right place at the right time” moments, as my position combined with the location of the ships all came together, and lasted a mere couple of minutes.
The positive reaction from so many people was quite amazing!