“Giving a speech on her 80th birthday, HRH Queen Elizabeth II quoted the American comedian Groucho Marx: ‘Anyone can get old – all you have to do is to live long enough.'”
On 8 September 2022, Elizabeth II, Queen of the United Kingdom and the other Commonwealth realms, and the oldest and longest-reigning British monarch, died at the age of 96 at Balmoral Castle in Scotland. On 9 September 2022, Buckingham Palace in London announced there would be a period of 10-day national mourning until her state funeral on the 19 September 2022.
During this 10-day period of national mourning, I photographed how this was reflected in the West Country of the UK, well away from the more formal London-centric goings on, by shooting in Weston-super-Mare, Bristol and Taunton. I purposefully approached this with a more irreverent street photography eye rather than as a straight documentary photographer.
Here is a West Country in mourning or, alternatively, how life carried on in Somerset regardless.
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