Afternoon Tea and Cricket

I heard on the news this morning that Archbishop Desmond Tutu is to retire on his seventy-ninth birthday today. He said that he will spend more time drinking tea and watching cricket. If anyone deserved the time to sit back and take it easy, it is this man who saw South Africa through those very difficult times of apartheid and the ‘Truth and Reconciliation’ sessions.

I was lucky enough to photograph Desmond Tutu two years ago when he preached at Salisbury Cathedral in Wiltshire (England) and he was a very gentle man who I felt truly communicated with his people. Realising now that he was 77 at that time, he was a person of unlimited energy as I had discovered the previous evening when he very quietly appeared unannounced at a concert given by some South African school children at the Salisbury International Arts Festival. The girls had no idea he was attending and when they were told they were meeting him they were (to use a modern expression) ‘gob-smacked’! They simply didn’t believe what they were being told, but the Archbishop had been dancing to their music throughout the performance had now wanted to embrace the children of South Africa. I was lucky enough to capture the moment.

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About Gerry Walden

I am a stock photographer with far more years of experience than I would care to mention. Located in Southampton (UK) I am sandwiched between two national parks and my home town is a major seaport. I shoot mostly people related images, and travel when I can. I am resident photographer at a major concert venue in the town which means I get to shoot a variety of musicians.
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