Sheila Noble Woodward
Joe and Mrs Cholmondeley (Chummy)
This is an image of my son Joe, holding our rescue hen Mrs Cholmondeley. Chummy arrived with us from the British Hen Welfare Trust with hardly any feathers, and I like the way the image shows how beautifully healthy she became. She was a calm, sociable lady and she and Joe were great friends. She often jumped up on the garden bench beside him. I think the image shows the bond between boy and bird.
I’ve been a photographer since I was 6 years old when my dad gave me my first 35mm film camera. It was a Russian Cosmic Symbol and I still have it and use it occasionally. I honed my craft shooting moving pictures in the camera department at the BBC Ealing Film Unit in London then, on returning to Scotland, I gained an HND in Photography as a mature student at Carnegie College, Dunfermline. While there I rediscovered my love of printing. I enjoy making images using historic printing processes, mixing these processes with modern digital technology to produce images of depth and character. I have exhibited in Scotland and run workshops on the cyanotype process. I also shoot portraiture and artisan craft commercial.