Fifty Portraits

at 50mm, of 50 people like me


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Two questions, no real answers

Last Friday I photographed and blogged Suzanne who is number 13 and on Saturday I was randomly struck by the thought that this means I’m actually a quarter of the way into this project ! I’m quite amazed to have progressed so quickly to this point.
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There are two questions that I’m often asked when I talk about the project and one of them is how long it will take. The reality is that I really don’t know, I haven’t set a target because for me that would take some of the pleasure away. When I was planning to start the project in January timescale was obviously something that I thought about, I expected to have some difficulties recruiting volunteers and maybe I’d shoot one and then have a quite a wait before I managed to find another. Worst case scenario I thought would be to average one a month and then the project would take around four years, I could live with that, after all its only for pleasure and there’s no rush, right ?

Turns out I couldn’t have been more wrong about struggling to find people ! My first shout out for volunteers received a great response and I keep getting more all the time. There are 13 people live on the blog, three more to be photographed on Thursday and lots lined up – and by the way if you’ve volunteered and I haven’t yet arranged a date, don’t worry I will get around to you ! So how long will it take ? Well definitely not four years !! Possibly around 18 months, maybe more, maybe less – I’m happy to just take things as they come for now.

The other question I’m often asked is what I’m going to do with the project at the end. Its another question that I don’t really have the answer for at the moment. In a way I don’t need to do anything at the end, I’m sharing as I go and the blogs building quite a following. I’ve been quite surprised and more than just a little flattered to have been unexpectedly told by a number of people over the last few weeks how much they are enjoying following the project, seeing the pictures and reading the stories.

It would be a shame though not to mark the end in some way. It would be rather lovely to have an exhibition and see all fifty of these wonderful people displayed together. A book would be amazing too ! But who knows, I’ve never had an exhibition or a book and have no idea how to go about either of them but we just never know what the future has in store…

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Strange but wonderful happenings on the M6 !

I’ve been off on a little road trip for 50 Portraits ! Headed up to Windermere to meet an angel mystic then back to south Cumbria for a lovely overnight stay in a B&B and then called in at a vintage/antique supplier in Lancaster on my way home.

On my way up the M6 the oddest thing happened, so unusual it deserves a post of it’s own !

I set off for Windermere allowing a good twenty minutes longer than I needed, only to be told by the sat nav that the traffic was heavy, and boy was it heavy ! I joined a queue on the M6 that was going nowhere fast, the traffic news said two lanes were closed due to an accident, the sat nav decided I was over two hours from my destination which in reality should now have been around 45 minutes away. Over the next half hour I covered about three miles, never leaving first gear, more stop than go and just a little thankful I was on my own (hubby would have been doing the typical man in a traffic jam thing ie moaning, a lot). The travel news came on again with the same update, two lanes closed, long delays and I decided it was time to let Amanda, the angel mystic, know that I was going to be very delayed. So I sent a quick text whilst I wasn’t moving and a few minutes later came the reply, “Don’t worry I’m in all day – you need to ask the angels for help”.

Now I’m pretty open minded about these things but the thought went through my head that there wasn’t a great deal could be done by an angel ! I glanced to the side only to see a hearse with a coffin covered in flowers on its way up the hard shoulder passing all the traffic, now I don’t think I’ve ever seen a hearse on a motorway and I’ve certainly never seen one passing traffic before and it prompted me try the angels.

I’m not sure of the etiquette for asking angels for help, so I just asked, politely and out loud, could they kindly do something to improve the traffic, even if it was just a little bit. Lo and behold a couple of minutes later everything started to speed up and five minutes after asking I was speeding up the motorway at 70 again !!

So if you passed a grey Astra on the M6 mid afternoon yesterday, driven by a dark haired woman laughing and talking to herself – that was me, happily thanking those angels 🙂