Debby Brown's Hocus Focus
A MONTHLY NEWSLETTER FOR COMMUNICATIONS PROFESSIONALS ON MAXIMIZING THE SUCCESS OF PHOTOGRAPHY SHOOTS WITH TIPS, IDEAS AND PHOTOS.
Hi there!
This is the first official newly-designed Hocus Focus. As promised last week, it's more images and less text.

In this one, Neal Wilson gives us the story of the 108th annual Uppingham Fatstock Show. In all that time the show has only been cancelled because of war and/or (ironically)  because of hoof and mouth disease outbreaks!

I suspect the show today is not all that different from when it started in the early 1900's. See for yourself.

 Enjoy!
Debby
How to Take a Great Portrait
IT HELPS IF YOUR SUBJECTS OBLIGE AND ARE BORN WITH COMPELLING FACES  
It also helps if you're friendly, fun and show genuine interest--like Neal Wilson does

Have you ever noticed how many photos out there are portraits? We humans seem to have a fascination with photographs of the human face and all its expressions.  

 

My theory about why, is pretty simple. It's because, looking at a photograph, we get to stare at another human being's face for as long as we want. I can remember my mother admonishing me with, "It's not polite to stare," when I was a kid, but obviously, giving in to my inherent impoliteness is no problem staring at a photograph.  

 

I think most of us would agree, it's ridiculously hard to take a great portrait of someone we know well (including ourselves), let alone a complete stranger (including ourselves). And it doesn't matter whether it's a set-up scene, or completely on-the-fly. Just having a camera or cell phone in one's hand is no guarantee of a terrific shot. I, for one, have deleted many more selfies than I have kept.

 

But when London-based Neal Wilson (who regularly takes terrific portraits) told me he was going to wander around the The Uppingham Annual Fatstock Show with his camera last November, I knew I was going to see some amazing faces.

 

If you're not familiar with the above-mentioned show, it's a huge affair--108 years and still going strong--held in the smallest county in England: Rutland. In fact, it's called "the jewel in Rutland's crown" because of the prestige it represents for middle England farmers.

 

"Middle England farmers." Doesn't that phrase conjure up salt-of-the-earth characters, weathered and wise, grumpy and jolly, all at the same time?    

 

Well, have a look for yourself at these Fatstock farmers that Neal shot. No selfies here. Just Neal's enthusiasm creating good will and acceptance by this hard-working group. At the end of the day, the locals even invited Neal to Vault's Pub for refreshments and pie--of the pork variety, of course!  

 

 

















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