The Boy with an Apple, guest blog by Ian Gregory

Earlier on in the project I introduced volunteer Ian Gregory https://collectionsinthelandscape.wordpress.com/2013/11/14/meet-the-team/ Ian has been archiving the museum’s collection of photographs and we’ve asked him to pick some of his favourites and talk about them so it’s over to you, Ian:

J.D. Meddins collection, Buxton Museum and Art Gallery

J.D. Meddins collection, Buxton Museum and Art Gallery

He’s been there in our collection for a long time, yet there’s an immediacy and transcendence about him. His torn sleeve reminds me of Murillio’s urchins, but this is Britain in the twentieth century. It looks as if he’s turning to greet me, with a broad smile and tousled hair, sharp teeth shearing fruit. Did he steal that apple from some local orchard? Is that triumph on his face? White light on his shoulder contrasts with black trousers. His pose may look spontaneous, but was it artfully arranged? If so, it was done well.
What happened to him in later life? He’s got plenty of energy but how did he channel it? Or did adult responsibilities drain it away bit by bit? Who can say?

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