I was super excited recently to receive a Silver Award of Excellence from the WPPI for a portrait I took of a lovely gentleman, Harold. The WPPI is the World’s leading membership group for photographers and the competition is judged by some of the best photographers in the world and directed by arguably the best photographer of them all, Jerry Ghionis. My image of Harold was one of just 33 to achieve this standard from images submitted throughout the first half of 2014 – that’s a lot of images!
I am very proud of this photograph. I spent a lovely morning with Harold finding out about him – what an amazing man! He was lighthouse keeper on the Eddystone Lighthouse for a number of years as well as a policeman with many, many fascinating stories to tell of policing in the 1950’s. A great family man, Harold wanted his family photographs around him for his portrait. During the war, Harold was in the Merchant Navy and proudly wore his jacket and I must say looked very dashing in it! As a hobby, Harold does embroidery and has made many kneelers for his local church and it seemed right to include this in the image hence the items on the sofa. These Heritage portraits are a lot of fun to do and they capture the story of a life in a single frame.
I love photographing the older generations – we so often capture images of children and even pets and yet it is our older friends and relatives who have such amazing stories to tell. For every Heritage portrait session booked, I donate 10% to St Wilfrid’s Hospice in Chichester, where I have been volunteering since 2009.
Please do get in touch if you would like to arrange a Heritage portrait for yourself, or a friend or family member.
You can view the full gallery of Individual portrait award winners here: WPPI 2014 Individual Portrait Gallery
Award winning photographer Bev Downie photographs weddings and portrait across the south of England