Here is another successful newspaper photograph of one of those charming people I so much enjoy photographing.
Once again, this gentleman was photographed for The Independent newspaper – or it might have been The Times – and once again it was taken a long time ago so I cannot remember exactly what the story was about.
I do remember that he was a Druid Bard – probably a very important bard – and I think he might have won fame for his poetry – that maybe why I photographed him reading a large book. Perhaps if the gentleman sees this he would like to contact me and refresh my memory and I would be delighted to email him a copy of the image.
One of the things that really delighted me when I went along to photograph him was the fact that here was a very exceptional individual who wore clothes that would certainly make him stand out in any crowd – yet he lived in house that had to be the epitome suburbia.
I do remember it was a very hot summer’s day and that I decided to take his picture in his immaculate garden which was complete with flower borders and a neat vegetable plot. The fact that I could include the row of neat houses in the background added to the picture’s appeal.
By taking his photograph in this garden, I was able to place an unusual-looking robed figure in a perfectly normal everyday situation. His robed figure looked completely out of context – and that is often a winning formula for a successful newspaper feature photograph.
Of course – no set of photographs for a newspaper feature would be complete without making sure that there was at least one good close-up image of the subject. This was taken, but not used.
- Nikon F3
- Ilford FP4
- Nikkor 24mm f2 lens