The castle, the model and the squirrel...

Onlookers...

By Robert Hallmann

In the very early 1970s I first photographed a young would-be model called Jo Karslake from South Benfleet. She lived with her parents and siblings in the Old Vicarage there, when I took her out to photogenic places in the area. We were at one of my favourite locations, Hadleigh Castle ruins, trying to add to her portfolio, when a grey squirrel tried to steal the act. It was certainly not shy, as for a moment it actually turned side-on to look like a squirrel should. There was no time to arrange Jo’s outfit, which clung to her in the breeze and as a fashion shot it was a flop, but I liked the momentary and very human reaction of the young girl. Later the model made a much-publicised marriage and the Stones of her acquaintance were Rolling rather than static as at the castle. You may even have seen her on ‘Strictly Come Dancing’.

Photo:Jo Wood, née Karslake, Hadleigh Castle, c.1971/2

Jo Wood, née Karslake, Hadleigh Castle, c.1971/2

© Robert Hallmann

Photo:We had an audience of young lads at the time, probably brothers, so I photographed them as well. Perhaps someone will recognise them?

We had an audience of young lads at the time, probably brothers, so I photographed them as well. Perhaps someone will recognise them?

© Robert Hallmann

This page was added by Robert Hallmann on 26/09/2011.
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What a lovely picture of my sister! Hope you are well. Would love to see some of the photographs of my family. Much love.

By Elizabeth McCarron née Karslake
On 25/11/2011

Hello, Lizzie. Nice to hear from you. Splashing in the Holy Family pool? Your brothers tinkering with old cars? Paul with his Shell sign, or climbing trees with a friend? Your dad and his scooters? You and his rusting tractors, by the well and dressing up in some old-fashioned fashions? Would you want me to put some on here? Or on the South Benfleet Archive? Or send me an e-mail?

By Robert Hallmann
On 28/11/2011