Miss P: Constance the Tamworth Pig
Macfilos Weekender from Richard Alton
‘I am fond of pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals.’ Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965)
I share Churchill’s affection for pigs – they make me smile. When I took this photo I was planning a range of humorous greeting cards. I’d found my subject and an attractive setting, at a ‘rare breeds’ farm near Birmingham. Now all I needed was good light and some action.
On my first visit — in early September — the light was ideal in the middle of the afternoon. But Constance the Tamworth Pig wasn’t in the mood for posing.
On another visit, persistence and good luck finally paid off. After an hour of fruitless pig watching, I went for a mug of tea. Then, as I left the farm café, I heard pigs squealing. Following the noise, I realised it was feeding time. What excited the pigs was the sound of the metal feeding bucket as it was put down and the handle rattled. Each time she heard it, Constance got on her hind legs to see if it was her turn to be fed. I managed a total of six shots. From memory, I think I had a collapsible 90mm lens (from the 1950s) on my Leica M3.
I never launched my greeting card range, but Borealis Press used this image on a card and fridge magnet, so my efforts weren’t in vain.
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