Still Life?. What the papers were saying at the beginning of 2004. There was much argument at the time (and since) about dodgy dossiers, what the politicians really knew about the Iraq intelligence, what the intelligence chaps had told them. "We were overruled, says intelligence chief", "Blair admits ignorance" – the headlines seemed explosive. I set up a traditional 1950s-style still life, with the glasses, but brought up to date with the contemporary newspapers. The mottled sunlight through the net curtains was perfect, and I could neatly highlight 'Blair' in the headline.
In competition the judge felt it was, er... a traditional style still life and said we should be getting up to date in our photography. However I was delighted to win the colour print section in the Club's exhibition later in the year, when Malcolm Rapier ARPS did see the point. Deliberately printed with quite high contrast to give it some punch. [Newspaper headlines © The Times & The Independent]
• 2004 Hertford Camera Club Annual Exhibition: Winner, A class colour prints
Technical: Nikon D100, 28-85 lens @ 28mm, 1/250sec at f/11, ISO200
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