Stuart Pilkington – 3 October 2018

Stuart Pilkington - The Shot I Never Forgot - portrait of Tim Andrews sitting on the promenade in Brighton

Stuart Pilkington – The Shot I Never Forgot


At the time of contact, Stuart was in hospital, but kindly agreed to participate with the help of his Mum Linda, who said of this image:

Stuart has chosen this photograph from when he first met Tim Andrews in Brighton. Tim suffers from MS and wanted to meet Stuart because he is trying to get a number of photographers to take his portrait . Stuart and he got on very well together and spent an enjoyable couple of days. Stuart is in a wheelchair post stroke (2015). This left him with no use of his right side and no speech. However they managed to communicate really well.

More of Stuart’s work is available on his website:

Tim Andrew’s collaboartive project ‘Over the Hill’ can be seen here:

Julian Ward – 26th April 2018

Julian Ward - The Shot I Never Forgot - Peru 2006 - portrait of boy in landcape

Julian Ward – The Shot I Never Forgot – Peru 2006

Julian Ward – The Shot I Never Forgot

‘Peru, 2006’

“This photograph was taken on a trek that I embarked on in 2006 to raise money and awareness for Cancer Research UK after the loss of my father. I travelled with a group of people who I’d not met before but who shared the experience of the loss of a loved one. My companion for the trip was my Mamiya 7 II camera and over the 10 day trek I took a lot photographs of my journey. It was a joyous and emotional experience and gave time for reflection.

The boy was from a small village we passed through on our way to Machu Picchu. Perched on a rock he sat watching us inquisitively as we walked by. I was struck by his looks and his clothing set against the subtle tones of the landscape. I was usually at the back of the trekking group due to taking too many pictures and on this occasion I was able to communicate with the boy to take his portrait. I managed to shoot a frame with him before he ran off hastily.

The picture brings together elements of photography that I enjoy and is a simple reminder as to why I like to make pictures. I’m aware that I’m drawn to the image because of its sentiment but I’ve learnt to realise that its ok to incorporate this into your work which remains part of my practice.  The image is a moment of calm and more importantly connection in what I recall as quite a chaotic & very emotional period of my life.”

Alex Ingram – 11 April 2018

Alex Ingram - The Shot I Never Forgot - boys in blankets after New Year Sea Swimming

Alex Ingram – The Shot I Never Forgot – ‘Kids on Beach, 2016’

Alex Ingram – The Shot I Never Forgot

‘Kids on Beach, 2017’

“This image was taken on New Years day 2017. It’s taken from a short story I shot on the 50 or so people that every year brave the icy waters and freezing temperatures to partake in the New Years Day swim at Whitesands Bay, Pembrokeshire.  

I shot about 10 rolls of TriX that day, but unbeknown to me, my Hasselblad had a light leak and as a result a number of portraits where damaged. Thankfully this was one of the survivors. As soon as I got to the beach, I was immediately drawn to these 2 children huddled up under a mountain of blankets trying to keep warm whilst their dad partook in the swim and the whole world seemed to carry on around them. As I approached to take their portrait they didn’t move an inch, just sitting there staring straight at me with their eyes piercing down my lens. I took just one frame and then moved on.

It was a fleeting moment, but one that has stuck with me ever since and is an image that I have found myself returning to ever since.”

Adrian Turner – 30th September 2014

Adrian Turner - The Shot I Never Forgot - girl carries doll through the streets of Oldham in 1970

Adrian Turner -The Shot I Never Forgot – Oldham 1970

Adrian Turner – The Shot I Never Forgot

‘Oldham, 1970’

Everything is changing. The streets are being demolished, the mills and factories are closing. Families and friends who grew up together are being split apart. This is the third of a sequence of photographs, in the previous two, the little girl is unaware of me and is walking along happily talking to her doll. I’ve obviously scared her. It’s a shot I wouldn’t take today. Someone recently pointed out the similarity of their eyebrows. I hadn’t noticed that before.

Mark Power – 21st September 2014

Mark Power - The Shot I Never Forgot - coal miner working in colliery looking towards camera

Mark Power – The Shot I Never Forgot – ‘Rufford Colliery, Mansfield. 1992’

Mark Power – The Shot I Never Forgot

‘Rufford Colliery, Mansfield. 1992’

This picture is from a series made in 1992 called The Dignity of Labour, for which I photographed some of the more ‘challenging’ professions in Britain.

I’d always wanted to visit a working coal mine and this was probably my last chance; Rufford Colliery, situated about five miles northeast of Mansfield, was one of the last surviving pits in Nottinghamshire, not to mention Britain. The men knew their mining days were numbered, and there was much anger and disappointment in the rank-smelling air at the coalface.

In the preceding weeks I’d been reading the complete works of D. H. Lawrence and my mind was full of the romance of it all. But my day at Rufford Colliery put paid to that; this was a tough job, probably the toughest of all those I photographed throughout the project.

That said, only last week I met a man in Stoke-on-Trent who had spend thirty years as a miner, before losing his job in 1991. Without hesitation he declared he’d go back tomorrow, if only he could. Coincidentally, a few days before, in the same city, I chanced upon this poignant quote from John D Rockefeller, engraved into a modest monument to (former) Stoke steelworkers: “I believe in the Dignity of Labour, whether with head or hand; that the world owes no man a living but that it owes every man an opportunity to make a living”.

Erica McDonald – 3rd September 2014

Erica McDonald - The Shot I Never Forgot - Portrait of a girl holding flag during Puerto Rican Day Parade in New York

Erica McDonald – The Shot I Never Forgot – ‘Emily. NYC, Puerto Rican Day Parade 2008’

Erica McDonald – The Shot I Never Forgot

‘Emily. NYC, Puerto Rican Day Parade 2008’

I often come back to a photo I took of a young girl named Emily. It was after a parade in the city, and we were in Central Park and she was walking with her family, transitioning from the activity of the day and the public realm back to the a more private frame of mind. We met there, psychologically, and the photo happened very quickly. It was a quiet but real connection and was one of the first times I felt successful in communicating the honest quality of the moment. Maybe I see myself in her, or perhaps it is just that the photo combines many elements that I appreciate in photography, but somehow the memory of the meeting, and the image, stay with me as one in the same.

Erica McDonald runs DEVELOP, an organisation that provides resources for the enrichment of the photojournalism, fine art and documentary photography community.

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Jonathan Cherry – 29th April 2014

Jonathan Cherry - The Shot I Never Forgot - Purple Fleece, Falmouth, 2009

Jonathan Cherry – The Shot I Never Forgot – ‘ Purple Fleece, Falmouth, 2009’

Jonathan Cherry – The Shot I Never Forgot

‘Purple Fleece, Falmouth, 2009’

 While in my last year at University College Falmouth I spotted this woman in her purple fleece sat outside my house. I was on my way home at the time in the middle my final major project and wondering if I would ever be happy with it. Upon seeing this woman it suddenly felt right to run and get my camera asking her if I could take her picture. She agreed so I set up my 5×4 Wista Field camera on the pavement. The sun was blazing straight onto her face which is why she could barely keep her eyes open but I didn’t mind that. I was simply inspired to take her photograph and that feeling hadn’t happened for a while since I was trying to force creativity upon my University work. From that point on I changed my project’s direction to photograph some local fire fighters rather than continuing with a project about people on the night shift. This was certainly a turning point for me and there is no doubt that this woman in her purple fleece was the catalyst for it. I often refer back to this image in my mind and although I haven’t looked at it much over the years I have thought about it a great deal. So if you are in the middle of a project that you feel is going nowhere or maybe you are yet to start then find a woman in a purple fleece to photograph.