the studio was built about 1962 and was very well equipped and it was
very interesting to work there though I don't remember Top Spot
were about five of us photographers with assistants ( I started as an
assistant.) They thought I was pretty good with kids, so I got a lot
of that stuff, but it was not high on our agenda's as fashion and beauty
carried more kudos! I usually shot for the comics on a Friday, do you
know we shot on 10 x8 colour then, not easy with kids!! Princess
gave me a lot of work, and I shot a cover and a back page each week.
The back page was always a cute animal shot.Still on 10 by 8. slide
One day the shot was a canary placed on a house of cards. The camera,
I and my assistant were ready, and the bird was placed in position on
the cards. It promptly flew up into the ceiling, where one of the ceiling
tiles was missing. This was a damn big studio, and the whole company
was very unionised. So to retrieve the bird, we had a crew of safety
officers, carpenters, firemen, plumbers and electricians to remove the
remaining tiles one by one till we recovered the bird. I remember it
took quite a while.
I was flown up to Scotland to shoot a soldier by his tank. The officers
entertained us to a great lunch, eventually I said "what about
the shoot?" "Ah yes," they said and drove us up and down
various mountains, and as the sun was setting I shot a man outside his
tank, I think he had been waiting there all day. That was for the 1963
Eagle Annual (see photo).
lot of the child models went on to become well known in films etc, and
I had the idea of shooting them with their own children but never got
round to it. I guess it would be with their grand kids now.
I went freelance I still had a few commisions from the Eagle
and Girl annuals etc. The 1966, water skier was a story,
as the skier agreed to use a very short tow rope, to help me get a great
this hasn't been too boring. By the way a mag that used a lot of photographers
was a great mag called Look and Learn. They were going
to send me up with the RAF areobatics team Red Arrows thank God they
never got round to it!!