Twenty years ago today in September 1997 I went to London with my mother to Lady Diana’s Funeral (obviously we did not go the ceremony at Westminster Abbey). Instead of jostling for a position on the funeral cortège’s route, we decided to head to Hyde Park where big screens had been erected to show the funeral service.
I have never done anything with these photos until now. At the time when they were developed I did not really think they were anything special and then forgot about them. A few years back my mum found them when moving, looking back at them it seems worlds away; the fashion, absence of mobile phones. Tony Blair had only been prime minister for five months and 9/11 was four years away. At the time my mum raised concerns when I was taking pictures “Are you sure it’s a good idea to take pictures at a funeral?” fair point but we were not technically at a funeral and it’s an historical event so someone needs to document it. It’s strange to think that I was in a minority taking pictures.
In hindsight I wish I had documented more of the journey to London. We got a really early train and it was full already even though we at the start of the line, hindsight is a wonderful thing. One last note for the camera nerds out there, these were shot on a Canon EOS 50e (film body obviously).