I’ve just heard the most marvellous news – the calendar I did especially for the Watercress Line steam railway, has just gone to print! How exciting!
It’s going to be on sale at the Watercress Line’s summer War on the Line event, which is taking place on the 5th and 6th June, and also commemorates the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Britain. I’ll be there on the Saturday, signing calendars and posing for photos. They’re only printing 500, so perhaps they’ll become a collectors’ item in years to come…. 😉 But seriously, all proceeds are going to be split between the Railway and Help for Heroes, so every penny of the £10 cost is going to a very good cause.
The best part is, I can now reveal some of the shots which didn’t make it into the final calendar, but which bear some showing off, and will hopefully tempt some of you into buying a calendar to see the rest! The photographers for both days were my good friend and highly talented snapper Sean Kelly, aka O’Malley and the lovely Agness Lugowska. Thank you, both, and thanks to Tim Beere of the Watercress Line for having us!
We did the first shoot in chilly February, and the second in unfortunately almost-as-chilly early May, and though both days were extremely long and required at least 6 outfit changes per day, I think the final shots were worth every second of shivering! There were a few main themes. The first was to portray the less glamorous side of life on the railway during WWII – the working woman. Obviously, some artistic license was taken… I don’t think red overalls would have been much in evidence! Never mind, eh?
The next thing to depict was the other kind of working woman – safely clean and indoors in her workday frock, but no less demanding a job!
And last but certainly not least, we did some more gratuitously glamorous and cheeky pin-up shots for good measure!
Hope you like the photos. The calendars will be first available at War on the Line and then they will be for sale from the Watercress Line. When I have details I will of course pass them on. Plus, I do have some more informative posts coming soon, so stay tuned!