Family 1 : Miriam In London

It’s a far from perfect photograph: the composition is unconventional, the focus is unsteady and my Uncle Frank’s finger seems to have obliterated the bottom corner of the shot: but still it is one of my favourite family photographs. Frank Fieldhouse took the photograph whilst on a trip to London with his wife-to-be Miriam Burnett in August 1938. He captures Miriam and even gets in some of the famous horses trotting up Rotten Row alongside Hyde Park. He gets so much more however: he captures history, mood, emotions. It is a great photograph for Lockdown (what on earth would the people captured in this image make of the concept of Lockdown eighty years into their future?) because you can spend days discovering new pictures hidden amongst the old. Here are just a couple:-

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