Queenie and Suki

Monica O'Grady

Joined September 2008

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I took this shot in response to reported attacks and abuse against elderly people where I was living. I was thinking about grey power when I came across Queenie on my walk home from shopping. I asked her if she wouldn’t mind posing for me and bearing arms. She was happy to do so, for the reasons I explained above, but explained to me that she was a Pacifist and did not agree with any form of violence, however she was happy to ’ help the cause’. She was 84 years old when this shot was taken. She was a wife and mother and had a full and happy life as a primary school teacher prior to retiring in her seventies. In the brief time I spent with her, discussing the shot and later taking it, I met someone that touched me deeply and someone I will never forget. Such is the magic of creating an image.

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