Not bad eh? Let me tell you the story behind
this week’s cover. About six weeks ago I was taking
a photograph of a poster for the concert Boho were playing
in the Royal Oak, which I had blu-tacked against an interesting
wall (in Pipe Passage) for use in this web-mag. “That’s
cheating,” said a northern voice and I looked up to
see a tall 60-ish man with a much bigger camera than mine.
We chatted, and he told me he had travelled overnight from
Pontefract to Lewes because he was ‘looking for something.’
But he wouldn’t reveal what it was. I gave him my card
and told him to get in touch if he ever found it. Last week
I received a phone call, and immediately recognised the voice.
The man was back in Lewes, and he ‘had something to
show me.’ He came round to my office, and opened a long
narrow folder. The yard-long picture we’ve used as our
cover is what he had to show me. An impossible shot of Lewes
High Street, with no cars and no people. The fruit of hundreds
of individual shots cleverly photo-shopped together. He revealed
that his name was Bill Major, and that this was what he did
for a living, having retired from teaching sculpture. He signed
the photo, which is beautifully printed onto watercolour paper,
and presented it to me. And then he left. I will never forget
Bill Major; he reinforced a philosophy I hold dear. Always
make the most of a chance encounter. Enjoy the week.