Do You Remember London In The Exciting Eighties?

Sandra Howard Model London
Sandra Howard - 1984

In 1982, my wife and I, like many people, arrived in London, to see if the pavements were covered in gold and help ourselves to a few nuggets. I found a job, in Southwark, in Marketing and my wife became a fashion model with Models One Elite. I spent countless hours in photographer’s studios, watching my wife being transformed into Hollywood sirens, Goddesses and exotic creatures of the silver screen.

This particular photograph is one of my favourites. This piece took 10 people over 8 hours to create. The photographer was only the final piece of the jigsaw. There was a stylist, a make up artist, a lighting engineer, an art director, set designer, hairdresser, photographer’s assistant and me; the tea maker. Oh, and of course, the model.

I think you will agree, the result is stunning and a testament to the skill and dedication of the people working in the beauty industry in the 1980’s. I grew up in Liverpool in the 1950’s and 1960’s. That period was a fantastic time to witness, in Liverpool.

The 1980’s, in London as a young man, in my twenties was just as fascinating. There seemed to be swathe of talented people doing interesting things and having fun. My wife has a wonderful portfolio of modelling photographs but this one, I remember, particularly as so many people were involved in creating it. I hope you like it.

If you have any comments about this photograph or indeed, memories of London, I would love to hear from you.

My name is Steve Howard. You have been reading the digital circus.


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