Significant photo

24. 08. 2012 at 18:15

An old school friend has died recently and a page has been set up on Facebook to post tributes / photos/anecdotes/memories called  The Smile of the Moon РRemembering the Surreal Genius of Mick Fidler

I got hold of a photo of him at school and thinking about it this photo has some deep meanings for me.

1 I was shy at school so didn’t get too active in this playful, energetic and experimental period

2 The photo was taken by Ian Jennet who got me into photography and if it hadn’t been for him I have no idea where my career would have taken my. I only had O levels in woodwork and tech drawing and had no interest in being a draughtsman or joiner.

3 I never used a camera to record people so all my early photos are pointless landscapes and still lifes that hold no real value. My close friend Craig Feetham used to take photos of them having fun…priceless memories now

4 Mick – the centre person in the shot – was a true leader even though we didn’t really know it at the time. He was also a genius in humour and was far more surreal than Vic and Bob…and 15 years ahead of them.

5 I lost touch with him many years ago, but he still holds a magnetism now. A powerful person who will be truly missed.

 

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Re-enactments

16. 08. 2012 at 21:04

Where people dress up as figures from past eras.
I’ve been to a few of these over the years but last weekend I enjoyed the experience from a different angle. Thanks to ePHOTOzine member KevSB I got to mingle with the reenactors. And he arranged a few one to one shoots that gave endless photo opportunities that the public would not get chance to experience. It was great fun and I took a lot of photos in a different style than the normal people round the camps or in the public displays.

This is one of the shots I took which features members of the Pulteney’s Regiment (13th Foot) Jacobite Rebellion 1745 from the Lace Wars.

The event was a Kedleston Hall near Derby.¬† Great fun. Well worth a visit…when you get talking to the members you realise how passionate they are about history and the events. Such enthusiasm makes you want to get involved.

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