In January 2011, one of our finest actors passed on to The Great Mystery.
Pete Postlethwaite commanded the screen and stage with his formidable presence, his film career punctuated with startling roles in Brassed Off, Baz Lurhmann’s Romeo + Juliet, The Usual Suspects and let’s not forget Jurassic Park…
Paul described to me how he made such a gentle portrait:
“Pete Postlethwaite lived with his family in south Shropshire. Close by is a local beauty spot and National Trust area called the Long Mynd. As Pete was himself a lover of the natural beauty of the south Shropshire hills, he wrote the foreword to a book written about the area.
“I covered the event for a society magazine. During a quiet moment I asked him if I may take his portrait to which he agreed. Totally unassuming and down to earth, he stared straight into the lens with those soulful eyes.
“The impromptu shoot was over in less than five minutes. Actually, I had photographed him on other occasions, but this image captured his integrity and for me reflected more faithfully my feelings of who he was.”
Although brief, it sounds like a wonderful moment for Paul with such a beautiful outcome.
Following some canvassing on Twitter and in ‘real life’, I’d like to leave you with a clip of one of Pete’s performances.
There are so many to choose from but this tear-jerking scene in Brassed Off came up consistently — as a friend of mine described it, “The most poetic piece of swearing ever filmed.”
Hankies at the ready…
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Well, we’re now firmly in the saddle of 2013 — I hope it’s started well for you…
Following on from the Platinum printing successes of last year, I have also been making Digital Negatives in preparation for Richard Freestone of 139 Printroom to work his magic.
Towards the end of last week, you may like to know that I revised and updated my Price List…
It contains new pages dedicated to specific areas of printing:
- Photographers’ Portfolios
- One-off Printing, Editions & Exhibitions
- Awards, Competitions & Degree Shows
The latter includes specific information on the upcoming Association of Photographers Annual Awards and the Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize.
Please feel free to download your Jack Lowe Studio 2013 Price List and familiarise yourself with the range of services I can offer you.
In the meantime, I’ll leave you with imagery from three photographers’ portfolios I’m delighted to have printed over the years.
Originally, I was going to choose just one from each photographer but I couldn’t do it! So, here’s two from each for your delectation:
— Julian Germain
— Jonathan Knowles
— Simon Winnall
It has been a great pleasure to make three huge prints for Chris Harrison’s latest show, I Belong Jarrow, which opens this evening in Norway.
Chris grew up in Jarrow (very near to my studio here in Newcastle upon Tyne) and now, as he writes on his About page, lives in a little yellow house on the edge of a wood near Oslo.
Although he’s settled abroad, Chris is obviously still very attached to the town he recognises as home:
“I was born and brought up in Jarrow, a tough industrial town on the south bank of the river Tyne. It’s where I call home.
“I have lived abroad for more years than I care to admit. My Mother and Father are getting old and moving out of Jarrow, cutting me adrift with no way back. Finally, I have been forced to think about who I am and where I belong.
“I never wanted to leave Jarrow. I always imagined that one day I would make it my home. I realise now that I can never return. Somehow I traded knowledge of the outside world for some vital piece of me.
“With this realisation, I have returned home in order to try to establish how much of where I am from determines who I am, and to begin to understand why I can’t seem to let go.”