Friday, 3 April 2015


 In 1976 this little charmer was just about to win first prize in a Beautiful Baby Competition in Finchley, North London.  I do remember asking permission to photograph this event and being made  welcome to do so. Usually, the very nature of candid photography is to shoot first, to catch a fleeting and special moment and then, if necessary, to get the subjects' blessing afterwards. Sadly, with changing attitudes and a less trusting society, I think it's now wiser to get that blessing first when photographing children. From my book, "Being English"

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