Portrait of Britain is an annual photography exhibition showcasing the best images of ordinary (and extraordinary) people across the British Isles. Photographers are invited to submit one picture which, if accepted, is published in the Portrait of Britain book as part of a collective view of Britain’s shared identity. 100 of the chosen images are then exhibited around the country on digital billboards.
I was delighted to find out that my submission had been selected for the shortlist of 200 and will, at the very least, be included in the sixth Portrait of Britain book to be published in the new year.
I met Michael some years ago out walking with our dogs. An accidental friendship grew despite his angry and mostly bleak outlook on life. After being diagnosed with terminal cancer, I went to see him and his demeanour had transformed, expressing humour and gratitude for what he had. I asked if I could photograph him as he sat on his new NHS bed and looked out into the evening sun set. He was peaceful and resolved.