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Great tyro 2019-08-13 13:55

Hello Gert,

This is a fabulous photograph! And, now that you remind us of the picture you took just seconds after this one, we are treated to a fine comparison of the two.

As you say, your later photo (the one you posted ten years ago!) is a little oversaturated and I think you made a wise decision to convert this one to black and white - and the sepia toning I find very tasteful too.

Quite honestly, if I had been where you were taking this photograph I think I should have felt rather nervous. And nervous for perhaps two reasons: firstly, this fellow is pretty big and also very serious-looking and appears imperious and rather full of his own importance and might not relish the idea of a foreigner standing in his way and pointing a camera at him; and, secondly, because he is so big and his donkey is so small he does, quite honestly, look absolutely ridiculous and I should have worried that I might burst out laughing - which also would have incurred his wrath.

I presume that this one was scanned with your new scanner. In any case, the scan is excellent (as also must have been your original slide) and the details and sharpness superb.

Together with a fascinating and inspiring note, this is a wonderful photograph which just has to be added to my favourites.

Fabulous!

Kind Regards,

John.

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Old 08-13-2019, 07:37 PM
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Hello John,
I searched the internet with no success, so how did you find this troupe?
It is definitely the same group, I recognise the face of one of the ladies.
I am not sure that these were the dancers attracting the crowd in my previous picture, but encountering them amongst the crowds in the streets during
the day, they were unforgettable.
Thanks for your comments and research.
Kind regards

Jean
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Old 08-14-2019, 07:15 AM
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Good morning Jean,

Thank you for your kind words once more!

The research was very easy. Into Google I entered "Sidmouth folk festival Morris dancing" and this was the very first result in the list which appeared. And you will see that the very first photo on that Sidmouth Herald page shows people just like the ones in your photograph - and under the photo it says "Alton Morris" as well as the name of the photographer (Paul Strange).

Then it was just a case of "Googling" Alton Morris to confirm.

Kindest Regards,

John.
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