David and Bob say: “A series of photographs were commissioned by the British Council in 1943, to illustrate a promotional pamphlet, “English Villagers”, which was published in 1945.
The black and white photographs depicted daily life in the village of Lacock during the Second World War. The pamphlet formed part of a series published by the British Council called The British People. The purpose of the photographs was, undeniably, propagandist.
The original silver gelatin prints, taken by Harold White FRPS during 1943-4, show many aspects of everyday life in Lacock. Only by looking very carefully at the prints are traces of the war visible.
The photographs embody the notion of a 'People's War' showing how daily life continued undeterred and how the Home Front was represented by all elements of the community contributing to the war effort: an important reminder of British morale during the war.
As part of the History Centre’s Lacock Unlocked Project, Lacock Positive Photography Club was asked if it would like to produce a set of images to illustrate the oral history of Lacock and preserve a set of images of Lacock 70 years on. These images and text have been put together by Bob Bray and David Sage ARPS.
Our talk will cover the background of Harold White and his project alongside our project, an audio recording, a video produced with these images by the History Centre. There will be a small print exhibition during the break. After the refreshment interval, we will show many of the comparable images with background information on the scenes and anecdotes from the villagers of Lacock.
David has been taking photographs since he was young, starting off on Yashica and Olympus film cameras before moving to digital in 2002. David now uses Canon cameras and has had a 40D, but is now using a 7D and 5D mk3. He has been living in Wiltshire since 1984. He obtained his LRPS Distinction from the Royal Photographic Society in 2012 and his ARPS in 2014. He is interested in all sorts of photography from Travel to Wildlife.
My website is, www.davidsagephotography.co.uk/.
David and Bob have put this talk together at the request of your Programme Secretaries, Adrian & Vanessa who believe that it will be an absolutely superb and fascinating evening so we hope to see you there.
Kingswood PS meet Fridays from 7.30pm to around 9.30pm at St Barnabas Church Hall, Warmley, Bristol BS30 5JJ. Visitors are most welcome and the cost for this evening is £3.00.