PETER'S FRIEND by Mike McCartney
On 20th September 2009, I visited Mike McCartney's website in order to find his email address so that I could write to him and ask if he would take part in my project. I found that his email address was not published on the site so I started a discussion in his Forum on the site under the heading of "Photography". Mike replied saying that he didn't really take portraits in the same way as Rankin for example, he just took 'foties'. However, I did not give up and eventually I persuaded Mike to say yes and we agreed to meet the next time he was in London.
We met when he was down to record "Lily the Pink" with Scaffold for a special tribute programme. Jane came along too and we wandered around Kensington Gardens and he snapped away. He is such a nice guy - very personable and with a silly sense of humour. He was also interesting to talk to and I found his stories about the old days of "Scaffold" and "Grimms" fascinating.
After the shoot, he sent me a small selection of images from which it was difficult to choose one and I plumped for the one of me lying upside down in the leaves. Not only is it a great photograph, I think it says a lot about me and the way I communicate - that is, flat on my back and with a benign grin on my face. No, it is all in the eyes.
|We shall always have Southport......|
However, when I was asked to exhibit at the Guernsey Photography Festival in 2011, Mike sent "Peter's Friend" along and so this one represents him in the project now. In 2012, he very kindly agreed to open the exhibition of photographs from "Over the Hill" in Southport and he began his speech with the immortal words, "Can I just say, Tim, it's a pleasure to see you with your clothes on!"