I returned to the Bollington Festival today, on my ‘must see’ list was an exhibition of photographs by the late, great, Guardian photo journalist, Don McPhee, (you might remember I don’t always manage to read a daily paper, but I do always try and take a look at the pictures)
There was a sense of familiarity about his photographs, especially as much of the work in the exhibition spans the 70’s and 80’s.
(I’d swear a photo in the exhibition, of a Mini, stuck in a snow drift, in the early 1980’s belonged to my mate, she was rescued by a Peak Park ranger as I recall.) I overheard some one say that they thought he had a ‘combination of skill and luck’, I’d disagree, what he had, in my humble opinion, was technical skill, with lightening fast reactions, to see and snatch the image. Some of them have become iconic. (note to Gadget, not a collar number in sight.)
Don McPhee made his own luck. Go here to see a slide show of his work for the Guardian.