My Auntie Margaret and Uncle Paul had a song "The Voyage" sung by Christy Moore. They first heard it when we were on holiday in Kerry in 2011. We would sing at the top of our lungs (read sang very badly!) as we drove around the beautiful Irish countryside.
Aunty M requested that "The Voyage" be played at her funeral because it so perfectly summarised their life together, marriage and indeed journey through cancer.
This project and this photograph is so important to me personally that it had to be done properly. I put out a model call for a couple with connections in the Lake District. See what Magella has to say to find out how amazingly fated this photograph was to happen as I had imagined it.
Words from our model Magella:
"When I was diagnosed after a routine mammogram I feelt "all at sea". This came as such a shock to me as I didn't present with any obvious symptoms. I leaned on my husband totally amd wouldn't have gotten through without him and my family.
The voyage struck a chord as apart from both of us being a fan of the artist, I was brought up with him in Ireland and the words if the song mean a lot to both of us.
I feel it is so important to get the message out to all women to check themselves regularly and ALWAYS attend mammograms."
As always there are so many people the thank.
Magella & Dave our models - I hope I have done you justice and it was wonderful meeting you both. I am looking forward to seeing you both again at the exhibition.
Jared Smith of St Patricks Boat Landing in Ullswater. Jared got out of bed at 5am on Tuesday 4th October 2016 to provide us with a row boat for the shoot. He then had to hang around on a cold autumn morning whilst we took the portraits. Jared THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH.
Uncle Paul Blenkin who rowed said boat to our shoot location - in the dark! Wearing a fetching pair of waders his job was to keep the boat in position with the wind and water having a very different agenda! Thank you Uncle P.
Many thanks also to James Bell who I contacted after seeing his stunning landscape photography. James kept me sane by narrowing my search of the Lake District to Glenridding.