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April 28, 2011

Village school – 28 April 2011

Filed under: Mike — sojournerphoto @ 20:17

Perhaps I’m a collector of archetypes, but I couldn’t resist the day before the wdding celbrations – took me back to the Queen’s silver jubilee, never mind Charles and Di. Left in colour today, though I did try a’ faded 70s chrome’ version:)



  1. I managed to avoid everything except the last couple of minutes on the balcony – and this!

    What a wonderful shot. It evokes all sorts of observations about the ‘state of the nation’! Is the teacher doing her duty or is it that she gets so wrapped up in getting children involved that it softens her resistance to the mania of the hour? Are the parents really concerned about the event or are they really more worried about whether little Johnnie is going to get his words out correctly? How much are the children going to be influenced by this through their lives or will some of them become determined republicans?

    The Establishment can still provide the spectacle to keep the country involved! This is an amazing picture that could be looked at in 50 years time to see what the event meant in the process of political evolution.

    Comment by zavaell — April 30, 2011 @ 06:49

  2. Mike this is so unmistakably your style. It may seem mundane at first look but there is so much more in there. Like John wrote, it is worthy of becoming part of a period collection for the future generations. BTW, Hannah shines brightly even when she is in a crowd, what a lovely girl.

    Comment by Cem — May 1, 2011 @ 11:38

  3. PS: almost forgot: just leave it in colour please :)

    Comment by Cem — May 1, 2011 @ 11:49

  4. John, Cem

    Thanks you. I verymuch appreciate it when other people ‘get it’ and understand what I’m aiming at. That you like it is even more worthwhile!

    The spectacle was interesting, together with the common touch (I presume intentionally) revealed through the use of the mini buses to transport the ‘minor royals’. I was very struck by the constant elements even in a country that has changed in so many ways since my childhood.

    Cem, thanks for the observation about Hannah and don’t worry, this one will stay in colour:)

    Comment by sojournerphoto — May 5, 2011 @ 22:10

  5. Is this the first from the new set of rules that allows photography in schools? John’s comment about looking back in 50 years has before now made me think the historians might actually wonder where all the children went.

    This is the most royal picture I have looked at and certainly the only one I have studied in detail.

    Comment by Rex — May 8, 2011 @ 16:07

  6. if not for the flags we would not know that this was about the royal wedding, for all we know it may not be and this is the choir ensemble. Mike’s words let us know otherwise so royal wedding it is.
    I found it interesting that when I saw this picture I assumed wedding and reading the words confirmed it, words and picture titles do help forma a complete ‘picture’.

    Plenty of colour and another slice of life. As for pictures of children in pictures I think in 50 years time we will look at pictures from unnamed photograhers photo albums of their own children and see we were not ashamed of them. That is if anyone prints pictures then!

    Comment by rhoehne — May 11, 2011 @ 23:30

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