Sponne graduate continues photo tradition

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A PHOTOGRAPHER in Towcester has made a unique record of the town with a montage of 1,000 pictures.

From a distance the montage by Paul Howard looks like a typical view of Market Place from the town hall. But a closer inspection reveals the image to be made up of 1,000 scenes from around the town including interesting door knockers, house name plates, and a Victorian fire hydrant.

Historical window: Photographer Paul Howard with his 1,000 picture montage of Towcester's Market Place

Historical window: Photographer Paul Howard with his 1,000 picture montage of Towcester's Market Place

Mr Howard, a former Sponne pupil has been a professional photographer since the early 1980s and after his debut in the Brackley and Towcester Advertiser he went on to produced front page pictures for the Sun and Telegraph newspapers, has record more than 500 weddings.

Mr Howard said the montage was inspired by a turn of the century photographer whose pictures now act as window into the town’s past.

Mr Howard said: “I was bought up in Towcester and since I have been taking photos professionally I have been taking pictures off everyday life, following in the footsteps of a man called Mr Fairy.

“Most of the old photos that you will see of Towcester were taken by him back at the turn of the century.

“If he had not taken them we wouldn’t be able to see some of the social history of the time, how people dressed, the buildings and major events like the war.”

The montage is currently on display at Colemans Stationers, Mr Howard added: “It has created a lot of interest, the lady at Colemans said she’d never seen so many people looking through their window.”

For more Paul Howard pictures visit www.paulhowardphotography.co.uk