I have been very fortunate to photograph Sean on quite a few occasions. This was the very first press of the shutter on 'Big Tam' the legend of the streets where I grew up in Fountainbridge, Edinburgh in the 60's and 70's where he could be fleeting glimpsed as he visited his mum in the sounds and smells of the pubs and the clubs and the bingo and the brewery and the rubber plant and the coop and the tenements and the gangs and the primary school Tollcross where he was the stuff of spies astronauts and Bond, my name is James Bond haha.
I waited patiently as the excitement built in The City Chambers, Edinburgh. We were waiting for Edinburgh's son Thomas Sean Connery to be bestowed our city's highest honour; The Freedom of The City. There I was poised in the knowledge of where and when he would enter. I was guid pals with all the employees of the Chamber and spent many happy times in their company meeting and greeting the visitors from all over the world. I had one shot, using the Hasselblad, pre focused in the darkness before he arrived to a bank of flashes and camera's. I am very happy with the photograph.
Five Scotsmen in a lift in Aberdeen sometime later, my guid pal Mik assisting with my gear, Alex Salmond, Mike Russell and that Sean Connery accused me of being an anarchist, asif, haha.
More on 'Big Tam' and an Independent Scotland to follow.
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