You saw it here first!

Remember Sirli Raitma’s picture of her mother Eha? It first graced this newsletter and the pages of The Chiswick Calendar website in May, as an entry in the Bedford Park Festival photography competition. Then again in June, as the overall winner of the competition. Now it’s all over London, being enthusiastically endorsed here by a traveller at Stockwell tube station.

Eha has become the poster girl for the National Portrait Gallery’s Taylor Wessing exhibition, from 7 November – 16 February. ‘The Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2019 is the leading international competition, open to all, which celebrates and promotes the very best in contemporary portrait photography from around the world’.

Sirli and her mum are both hugely proud. “I took her around on the tube when we went to the exhibition, and every time the train stopped there was a huge poster of her right outside” says Sirli.


Photographs above: Sirli’s photograph of her mother Ehaa; illustrations by Alison Brown (@Aliscribble); Marta Altés (@martaltes); Yiyi Silva (@yiyisilva); Joshua Hall (@joillustration)

The Cult of Eha

Sirli’s image has inspired illustrators to draw and paint versions of her photographs of Eha, pictured above. “We’ve had so much positive feedback” she says. All she needs now is for it to lead to some commissions.

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See also: Chiswick photographer’s portrait on show at the National Gallery

See also: Bedford Park Festival 2019 Photography competition winner