The True Faces of Exeter
AFTER thousands of people logged in to view Matt Austin’s amazing pictures of John Treagood and his life on the road, we are now able to bring you more of Matt’s work – this time concentrating of faces of Exeter, the real-life characters who can be found daily living and working in the city. See a full gallery of the photos here.
Matt always asks permission to take a picture and said he was always happily surprised at how friendly his subjects usually were.
Matt said: “One particularly memorable meeting was with John, I have seen John around for years but never spoken to him, I spotted him eating a pasty sat on a bench outside the Cathedral and sat next to him, a charming man who talks with a very calm and slow Devon accent.”
He explained that he hasn't bothered with a home for about 25 years, he is a familiar site around Exeter city centre, he told me that "a few years back he used to grow potatoes in the corner of the Cathedral green until the powers that be found them".
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Then there was Ken who I chatted to when he was listening to a street band in the High street, He had the most amazing moustache and fittingly it turns out he was a retired Drill Sargent from the Coldstream guards who now lives in Dunkeswell, he said "I should have photographed him in his younger days when he would keep his moustache nicely waxed and Curly at the ends"
Matt added: “I enjoy doing this because its different from my usual photography which is often press work, you can have a casual chat with someone who you would never encounter in your normal walk of life which ends with a picture and a great memory.”
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