The Portrait of Britain 2018


Budleigh Salterton /

Walking upon the beach at Budleigh Salterton, I’d taken the camera that day to ease myself back into photographing England. Having been away for the last 3 and a half months travelling in New Zealand and Australia, the Uk was fresh to the eye. Luck had it that Roy and Jean would cross our paths, two parrots upon their backs, a dog on the leash. You, I expect much as I did, just upon seeing such a sight, would sprint across the beach... camera in hand, asking “please may I take some photographs”. I was curious and wary, intent however on changing my perception and correctly understanding circumstance. It's not every day you see a parrot in a backpack, upon a walk on a beach, ‘let alone two’.


I’d like to introduce you to Roy and Jean,

Upon changing their dentist, in the waiting room they sat, the sound of parrots. It was a pivoting point, their desire to get a parrot became a reality. Telephones went to and fro and out of the blue, the dentist connected them with the opportunity of rescuing a parrot.

”When can you pick him up… Wednesday? I made arrangements”


Not long after,

An emergency call for help, ‘If you don’t come and collect this parrot my girlfriend shall shoot it out of the window”
It occurs to me that this could sound over dramatic, but it made sense that a bird in need of a safe place, could perhaps show aggression and so forth cause unintentional stress.
Upon collecting the parrot, Jean was bitten, once, and no more…

I’d like to thank Jean and Roy for being a part of this project with me and in addition the British Journal of Photography for showcasing Rehabilitating Roy’s Parrot.