Long-lost wedding photos come to light after nearly fifty years buried in the Derek Evans' archive
A chronicler of Herefordshire life, Derek Evans was also a dyed-in-the-wool Liberal, and stood side-by-side with Liberal parliamentary candidates for nearly half a century. His knowledge of the county and his impressive range of contacts, must have been a useful tool in any electoral battle.
While there are various themes and elements to the whole Herefordshire Life Through a Lens project, it also seems to be having the positive effect of bringing to the surface other stories that have been largely forgotten with the passage of time. And there are some crackers. Take Oliver Treherne. He appears in one of Derek Evans’ cuttings files, tucked neatly away among dozens of other items that have made it to press. But Mr Treherne stands out.
Derek Evans' cuttings files are a treasure chest of local stories. Among them one young footballer from 1962, who used a novel, but highly effective, way of 'broadcasting' his team's football results.
Christmas approaches and we reach the half-way point of this project, new images continue to emerge from the Derek Evans Christmas-stocking-of-an-archive. Some catch the eye more than others. With Christmas lunch shopping lists being hastily compiled, visions of roast goose, mince pies and lashings cream piling up, it is a relief to the digestive system to step away from these frenzied festivities and have an indulgence of a different kind, this time in the his ample and varied photographic archive.
"It occurs to me that there is something fascinating in taking a photograph of a photograph, capturing an image within an image. Each one of Derek's images so striking in it's own right, telling it's own story, when photographed within a modern context, in turn creates another story, an interaction between past and present." Clova gives us an insight her experience as one of our project volunteers.
The imminent screening of ‘Stories from the Hop yards’ has invited stories around English beer and the rapid growth of microbreweries. Could wooden casks be set for a revival? We can only hope so.
‘He had all these old trestles, it was like a big old shed. And he used to drink cider and take snuff. He wore a brown smock and he used to tip his snuff in his top pocket, and he had a habit of dipping his finger in and snorting.’
The Derek Evans’ archive continues to spring surprises. Most delicious among them are his scrap books, page after page of newspaper cuttings, documenting news from the ‘front line’ of rural life.
Waiting with perhaps more anticipation than most, was the ex-Hereford Times photographer, and friend of Derek’s, Ray Lloyd, and his wife Elaine
Eminent Herefordshire photographer Keith James who worked with Derek for many years, talks about how he had an easy-going charm that could lift the spirits of everyone in the room.
John Bulmer, eminent photojournalist and film-maker, talks about what newspapers want and how Derek Evans helped him realise what that was.
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