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Cleorenia was at a 1940s Weekend at the Rushden Transport Museum. I asked if I might photograph her. I wanted the pink hat and lipstick against a soft pink background.


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.

Circus Strongman

This character was part of a travelling circus that visited Calais for the centenary celebration of Blériot crossing the channel in 1909. He adopted various poses for me and I chose a circus caravan as a backdrop.


This was taken at a mediaeval recreation event at Ely in 2005. Edwin was the father of one of the combatants and sat in one of the tents in the encampment. I chatted to Edwin for a while taking a few photographs as I went. This one worked particularly well.

Passing Under the Tunnel

North Norfolk Railway. At Weybourne station where two locomotives pass under the bridge and they slow to hand over the key for single line operation.

Bletchley Park Girl

Bletchley Park, 2009. OK, so this ‘girl’ is actually a mannequin but I tried to tackle them as street photography subjects in terms of angle, filling the frame and having some kind of background to ’set the scene’. Unfortunately, their faces seemed so plain that I added a canvas-like texture in Photoshop that took away the plainness. This shot in particular has a rather eerie stare at the photographer.

The Lady in the Bombe Room

Bletchley Park, 2009. This lady was dressed in elegant 1940s dress (actually, she was one of the guides) but she willingly posed for me in the Bombe Room (the Bombe machine is behind her).

Tickled Pink

It was the pink hair and clown-like face paint that caught my eye. Then there was the surprised stare as he posed for the camera.

Pleased to See You

This was at the Rushden 1940s event and this lady was dressed splendidly. She boarded the train for refreshments (the train doesn’t go too far on that line) and when she wandered along the corridor to get off, she passed by this open window at one of the doors and I asked for a photo (I was on the platform). She kindly obliged and offered several poses. This one worked particularly well.

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