photography

Dorothy Wilding, royal photographer



The Queen by Dorothy Wilding

I meant to post this yesterday but I was so exhausted from watching the royal funeral (all that slow marching and heavy lifting!) that I had to leave it another day. Apologies if you’re over all the coverage (entirely understandable) but I couldn’t let it pass without a small mention of this fabulous 1952 portrait of the Queen.

If it looks vaguely familiar, it’s because it’s by the same photographer as the UK stamp portrait session – British photographer Dorothy Wilding. I’m embarrassed to say I’d never heard of her until last week. Wilding was a self-taught portrait photographer with studios in Bond Street and New York and had been the Official Royal Photographer since the 1937 Coronation.

Her portraits of the young Queen were deliberately glamorous compared to the stately images of her predecessors. Post-war, it was decided that the new Queen would represent a new era of hope and possibility. I think we can agree both photographer and subject understood the assignment. It’s certainly going to be interesting to watch the next new era of royalty emerge before our eyes…

WORDS: Disneyrollergirl / Navaz Batliwalla
IMAGE: Dorothy Wilding
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How to publish a book



La Maison Steidl - Hermes book by Koto Bolofo

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It’s his series on Hermès, which came out in 2011, but I remember waiting two years for as the publication date kept moving! (I blogged about it here and here and someone recently emailed asking if I’d be interested in selling it. Answer: no thank you!) (more…)



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Debby Besford - Art of Roller Skating exhibition

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From jam skating (dance meets skating) to street skating, there are all manner of niche roller skater communities cropping up that bring people together and allow them to offload their mental and physical stress. (more…)



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The Queen wearing Burberry at Windsor Great Park in 1985 by Tim Graham via Vogue

Having an #oldburberry moment and thinking about the signature check in a classic old money outdoorsy context.

Kinda nailed by this old school photo of The Queen at Windsor Great Park in 1985 by Tim Graham. This was in the days when Burberry was more of a traditional British brand rather than a luxury brand. Still quietly well regarded, but not ‘fashion’ and definitely not ‘hype’. (more…)