When Phillip Allen chances across an old metal box packed with photos, cameras and photographic equipment he is first puzzled and then intrigued by what he has discovered. He sets out to track down the original owner of the box and to uncover the secrets of the enigmatic Robert Bellford.
Having found Robert Bellford, Phillip sets out on a journey through the life of one of the leading photographers of the Midlands. From his wartime days to the establishment of a photo studio, love, marriage and loss. Running through it all is Bellford’s obsession with photographing the female form and his determination to produce a monumental work of art that celebrates the beauty, mystery and women.
The book traces Bellford as he struggles with the technicalities of cameras, apertures and exposures while bringing up a family and always striving to find time to devote to his work of art that he is creating In Praise of Women.
About the Author
I was nearly 65 years of age when I wrote In Praise of Women. It was something I needed to do. It had to be about something I know, photography and history. I have done many jobs in my life but throughout I have stayed true to my first love, photography. I was an engineer, returning to full time education to obtain a Degree in History and Sociology. Subsequently I became a social worker. I am now retired and can concentrate on writing.