Every summer, in the place where I grew up, an event takes place that’s delightfully quintessential of an English country village.
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The local Gardening Association’s annual Summer Show sees gardeners and growers from Rudgwick, Ellens Green and the surrounding villages come together.
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They’re exhibiting the very best of their garden produce from the year. It will be professionally judged and awarded, ahead of the afternoon show attended by hundreds of visitors from the local communities.
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Anyone from the area can take part. It’s a delightfully traditional, rural celebration of our relationship with our gardens and the land – and the beautiful natural rewards that come from it.
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But that’s not to say the competitive element isn’t very much present – and the gardeners take their displays very seriously indeed.
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Potential prize winning products have been arranged with fastidious precision, awaiting the judges’ arrival.
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Outside, set up has already begun for a family event that’s changed little since I first attended as a child 30 years ago.
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On display in the main tent you can find fruit and vegetables, flower arrangements, jams, cakes, photography and knitwear – all awaiting the judging prior to the start of the show.
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And whilst older gardeners have the opportunity to show off the fruits of their labour – younger gardeners are given different ways to be creative with their produce.
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Exhibitors leave whilst judging takes place – it’s now a waiting game until the show opens in the afternoon.
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The afternoon is here, and the visitors arrive.
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Many are keen to know who’s won the Gardening Association’s seal of approval.
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If you haven’t won this time, the chances are you’ll know who has – many of the villages’ residents enjoy being part of the close-knit communities.
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It’s an event that’s remained faithful to a wonderful selection of tried-and-tested family favourites. Every year, outdoor activities include welly throwing…
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…and a tug of war…
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…with the chance for younger participants to show their strength too.
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There’s also egg throwing…
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…and plenty more traditional entertainments for the local families.
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It’s not about the prize money – it’s the love of growing and creating. Prize money is just £1 for first prize, going down to 50p for third!
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But you could spend some of your winnings at the local bric-a-brac.
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This chap could have been yours for about £1, but you’re too late – he’d found a new home by the end of the day.
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Never mind – maybe you’ll stumble across a long lost masterpiece amongst the jumble.
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After prizes have been given out, the tents begin to be taken down as the stallholders leave.
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It’s the end of a traditionally rural, and very British day out.
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I was particularly delighted when Contact The Elderly asked me to provide some promotional event photography for the charity to use in their communications. I am also a volunteer driver for the charity, and have seen first hand what fantastic work they do in tackling loneliness and social isolation amongst elderly people in communities all across the UK. So it was a pleasure to combine my volunteer work with some event photography as well!

I sought to capture the sociable atmosphere and the friendships on Contact’s monthly outings, which give lonely elderly people who live alone the chance to enjoy tea and food together at different host’s houses once a month. Plus, during our subsequent outings, our guests have now enjoyed looking through their own photographs from previous events – I have been taking requests for prints!

I’m a documentary wedding photographer and event photographer covering Surrey, Sussex, London and the South East. I love to express the true atmosphere of your day in an unobtrusive manner, allowing you and your guests to be themselves and enjoy the day.

Documentary event photography and wedding photography by Chris Silk

Documentary event photography for Contact the Elderly by Chris Silk

Documentary event photography and wedding photography by Chris Silk

Documentary event photography for Contact the Elderly by Chris Silk

Documentary event photography and wedding photography by Chris Silk

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Autumn may possibly be the most beautiful time of year to enjoy Richmond Park. The warm palettes of colours radiate in contrast to the frosty air and shorter days – the golden yellows and browns of the grasses and heathers glowing in the sun, underneath parasols of trees ranging from deepest greens to burning oranges.

I wasn’t initially intending on taking a photograph on this particular day. But as I took a walk through a wooded glade with the leaves gathering underfoot, I couldn’t resist another experimentation.

Most of my panoramic photo collages are available to buy. They are unique pieces of photographic wall art that can be printed in any size you like, up to a massive three meters wide!

And if you’re looking for a Surrey event photographer or wedding photographer, then I’m available for bookings in 2017 and beyond. My local areas are London, Surrey, Sussex and the South East – but I’ve travelled across the UK on commission, and like the opportunity to visit new places further afield as well!

Richmond Park in Autumn - Panoramic photo collage by Chris Silk

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It doesn’t come much better than the world-famous Abbey Road Studios for a location steeped in creative history! So I was delighted to join hundreds of lucky Rock Choir ladies and gents into Abbey Road’s huge, world-famous Studio 1, and the Beatles’ Studio 2.

It was for four recording sessions and two days of documentary event photography – and Rock Choir certainly know how to have a good time, which made my job even more enjoyable! Groups from the 20,000 strong, nationwide contemporary choir were recording a selection of tracks. I photographed the weekend as it happened, looking to capture the story of their day through reportage music photography and event photography. It’s probably changed a lot since the Beatles came together in the same spot, but none of the Abbey Road magic has gone since then.

I’m a documentary event photographer based in Surbiton, and I’m available for music and event photography in Surrey, London, the South East and beyond! I would be delighted to cover your event or wedding. Just drop me a line or email me to check my availability.

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After a long day of event photography for Rock Choir’s recording sessions, I found myself standing in the huge, world famous, Abbey Road Studio 1. Just give me one good reason not to make a panoramic photo collage!

I thought very carefully about this one. Where should I stand? What objects are nearby, and where will the further objects appear throughout the image as the camera slowly pans around from one image to the next? When I first started my 360 degree panoramic photographs, I was determined that it would remain abstract photography over and above an exact science. But knowing where to stand, where to start and how to compose from the beginning? Whichever way you look at it, that still takes a lot of careful consideration.

I hope you enjoy seeing my photographic collage of Studio 1. I also produced another photo collage of Studio 2, which is where the Beatles did much of their recording. I’ll feature that one in due course.

Prints are available from small sizes up to strikingly large centrepieces that can be used as atmospheric, contemporary wall art. Or, you can commission me to photograph a space of your choosing. Just drop me a line or email me, or check out this page for more information.

Abbey Road Studio 1

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