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Portraits – Paul Barber

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Paul Barber photographed in Clacton-on-Sea on the 7th February 2017. (The above shots are of Paul wearing the original hat he wore in Only Fools and Horses)

Growing up, watching Only Fools and Horses was a big event in my family. It was like watching the Cup Final! Everything had to stop and all focus was on the TV. Even now when I think of Only Fools and Horses, it instantly makes me reflect on my youth, and takes me back to watching it with my Mum, Dad, brother, Grandma and Grandad. When I watch Del-boy doing the comedy fall at the bar, I close my eyes and can hear my Grandads laugh or when I watch Del & Rodney take it in turns to faint in the Southerby’s episode, I instantly picture my Mum crying with laughter. Magical family memories gathered in front of the TV!

It was the ‘Butterflies’ episode that engrained the character Denzil (played by Paul Barber), into my consciousness. It was pure comedy gold!

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(The above shot on the left Paul is wearing the suit trousers and braces that he auditioned in for The Full Monty)

Yesterday I spent the day photographing Paul at his home in Clacton-on-Sea. He was a top geezer, a lovely fella, full of interesting conversations, insights and stories. He’d met and worked with some hugely talented and wonderful people and I was lucky enough to get an insight into his life. I managed to preserve the day through my collection of photographs. A particular favourite from the shoot is the image in the portrait section of my website.

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In between photographing and chatting with him he showed me his vast collection of vinyl which included rare pressings by The Beatles. At the same time he told me about the rockstars and musicians that he’d met including; Ronnie Wood, Rod Stewart, Ringo Starr, Ray Davies and Stevie Wonder. I buzzed with excitement when he showed me his blue wage slip signed by Bob Dylan when he met him at a theatre in the 1960’s (see above shot).

A great day……..

Paul Crowther

7th February 2017