Sometimes a photographer’s life can be mighty privileged. Last December, while working on the teenage television production, Castaway in Broome, I was given the opportunity to shoot photographs for the portfolio of one of the lead actors, 15 year old, Mikayla Southgate. Endowed with a translucent beauty, and a talent to match, Mikayla is an Australian actress to watch. If she persists in the business, I predict that she will go to the very top.
These are two of my favourite pictures from a shoot on Cable Beach:
Technical details: Nikon D90, Nikkor 80-200mm 2.8 zoom, focal length 200mm,
ISO640 F2.8 @ 1/250 sec.
Technical details: Nikon D90, Nikkor 80-200mm 2.8 zoom, focal length 155mm,
ISO640 F2.8 @ 1/640 sec.
Terence Stamp, 1967 © Rob Walls
In 1967, I was hired by UPI to shoot publicity stills for the John Schlesinger film of Thomas Hardy’s, Far From the Madding Crowd. Ten days of big budget movie promotion with Julie Christie, and Terence Stamp. A week of hard work and hard partying; dining on venison at Longleat with the Marquess of Bath, chartered trains to tour Hardy country, fine wines, unlimited Cuban cigars…and a brief to individually photograph a hundred invited journalists from all over the world, talking with the stars. Motor drives were just coming in but I had yet to afford one and shooting 30 rolls of Tri-X a day, I blistered my thumb on the milled wind lever of my Nikons.
Terence Stamp had just come back from filming a Western in Texas (Blue) for which he had had his hair bleached. In those days when grooming was considered an essential part of status, I couldn’t help think how scruffy he looked. He was just trend-setting. It would be a year or two before I adopted a more hippy style. And in hindsight, he just looks so damned cool! Still does…
Terence Stamp in interviews for "Far From the Madding Crowd", © Rob Walls1967
John Pertwee (7 July 1919 – 20 May 1996) as the third Doctor Who, 1971
Terence Stamp, 1968
Recently, I began to cull a lot of old material; negatives and transparencies, some going back as far as the 1960s. I came across some pictures I had taken in England of actor, Terence Stamp, while shooting publicity material for MGM. The movie Far From the Madding Crowd was about to be launched and I took this picture during a press conference in 1967 or 68. He had just got back from Texas where he had been making a western called Blue and I remember thinking he looked rather scruffy.
In retrospect, by today’s standards he looks well groomed…but how cool? He still is…