Community matters. A second set of pictures of the Duke of Kent’s visit to our wonderful Community Allotment - see yesterday’s upload for the story.
I made enquiries in advance - would I be allowed to take informal pictures or was I limited to the posed handshake shots? I was told in no uncertain terms ‘HRH never does staged pictures.’ Almost enough to turn me into a royalist...
V1 is my favourite picture of the day, because it tells the full story. Joan Russell, who runs the project, was determined to give the Duke a crash course in horticulture; a mixed scrum of dignitaries and volunteers followed them around; and the Hexham Courant fortunately sent the shorter of their two photographers so I could see over the top of his head.
V2 - The Duke and the volunteers;
V3 - The important bit - a presentation by some of the people whom the project supports. The elderly gentleman on the right is called David. I’ve got to know him quite well in the two years that I have been photographing there. Afterwards I asked him if he had enjoyed the day. Yes, he said, it was good; but he couldn’t wait to get back into his work clothes, and back to work gardening.
V4 - The clearing up afterwards.
Thanks to everyone for a wonderful welcome home yesterday. I'm still catching up with a lot of things and have had very little time for photography (terrible confession). But Dave Constable suggested b&w yesterday, and looking at these I think he's right...
Tomorrow - the Duke and the Dollies...
Thanks for looking,