I was rather nervous of meeting Sir Ranulph Fiennes. He looks rather daunting in many of his portraits, but nothing could be further from the truth. We were to meet in Wiltons in Jermyn Street, but having scoped the location I was dismayed to discover there was zero light in the restaurant. Thankfully the staff there bent over backwards to help, and kindly reserved an outside table for us at their sister restaurant down the road. Sir Ranulph arrived early, was utterly charming, and couldn’t have been more helpful. We sat drinking coffee and talking about his life and expeditions, and I discovered he was once, believe it or not, up for the part of James Bond. Cubby Broccoli thought he looked like a farmer and had farmer’s hands, so the part went to Roger Moore. He’s the only man alive to have circumnavigated the globe along it’s vertical axis, and his list of expeditions is both exciting and daunting. He told me of a time on Everest, just 300m short of the final ridge, lying in a tent pitched next to two dead Italians, when he had a heart attack and felt his chest ripping apart. He really has lived an extraordinary life, and most of his expeditions have not been for personal gain, but to raise a considerable amount of money for charity.
The images used in this blog are not the ones I will be using for the final show, they are alternates used basically because it seems daft to have a photography blog without images.