When Duncan received a call from Martin Boyt, Estates Officer of the Said Business School Oxford University, saying they loved his Boat Race images and wanted to print one 4M high for display in their common room, he was both flattered and delighted. This emotion soon changed to cursing the Said Business School in general and most especially the architect who designed it!
Seriously, they needed an image 4M high. No problem – Duncan shoots with the highest quality equipment and billboard size is easy. However, the image could only be 1M wide and show no faces, since it needed to be timeless. Duncan has tens of thousands of Boat Race images to choose from but like most other photographers, given the dimensions of the boats his images are mainly letter-box format. Also, Crew members obviously feature heavily since they are what the race is all about!
Fortunately, Duncan was able to come up with a few options and this is the one that the Said Business School selected.
A nice ending to the story is that Duncan’s daughter is studying post-Graduate at Oxford (different surnames avoid embarrassing her)! When Duncan was last in Oxford they visited the Said Business School and met with the charming Martin Boyt, who kindly showed them around and allowed Duncan to take photographs.