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Security Guard, Tate Modern

This was an Olympus-sponsored street walk with Rob Pugh. We were taking photographs in the Tate Modern and I saw this security guard. Being bold as I am with strangers in my street photography, I walked up the guy and started chatting to him. I explained my purpose and asked if I might take a photo. I chose a wide-angle lens and shot from below. I deliberately wanted the hands framing the face but I didn’t want them sharp to take attention away from his face.

Patrick’s Telescope

Patrick Moore had many telescopes in his garden, some with special housings to protect them from the elements. I wanted a shot with him standing next to one of his reflector telescopes. In typical Patrick style, he wanted his pipe and wore his monocle. I chatted to him for a couple of hours and though he was very courteous and answered all my questions, I sensed that only a fraction of his mind was engaging with me – the rest was pondering some astronomical problem. A great man now sadly missed.

In Patrick’s Study

I was fortunate to meet Patrick Moore and chat to him about photography and astronomy. I pushed my luck by asking if I might photograph him. To my surprise, he agreed and invited me down to him home and observatory at Selsey Bill. I spent a couple of hours with him photographing him in his study, in his garden, with his telescopes and even playing the xylophone! I feel that this shot sums up Patrick well. The only concession he had to modern technology in his study was a fax machine!

One Last Puff

Taken at the Wymondham Dickensian Steampunk Fayre in November 2013. I saw this gentleman, who was actually one of the stall holders, and asked if I could take his picture as he smoked his cigarette. He willingly obliged. I converted in to B&W and added some treatment to emphasise the facial features.

Old Tom

I don’t know the chaps name. He often turns up at 1940s re-enactments as a Greengrass-type character (from the TV series Heartbeat). I asked him for a photo and found an angle where the lighting brought out the texture in his face and where the backdrop wasn’t too intrusive. A little Photoshop work brought out more detail in his face.

With Best Wishes from Fiona

Fiona was the singer at a Rushden Transport Museum 1940s Weekend. I asked to take a few shots and suggested a few poses. I created a sepia image and added some handwriting-like text to the bottom to create a kind of ‘forces sweetheart’ image that the troops might have carried around in their pockets.

Fast Freddie

I wanted to call this ‘Fast Freddie – the Bookies Favourite’. I don’t know why – he just seems the sort of chap to enjoy a quiet cig, a pint, and a little something on the horses. Rushden Transport Museum 1940s Weekend.


I originally called this The Gurney Man. It was taken as a mediaeval receation event at Ely and ‘Smithy’ was actually working there as a blacksmith hence the title.

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