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Sarah Hunter, 2017 – photographed as part of the Instants* series
Back in 2017, I was very fortunate to find myself in Ireland/Northern Ireland for the Women’s Rugby World Cup.
I did photograph the final of the tournament and I blogged about it briefly here.
When working on my Instants* project, I am sometimes too shy to walk up to people to ask them for an autographed photo of themselves. This photo happens to be one that I have just taken. It’s really a daunting task asking someone to pose and then keep them a while longer for them to sign the print.
On this day, England lost to New Zealand in the final and the only photo I was missing was from the England captain, Sarah Hunter. I had already managed to get one of the New Zealand and French captains as they were first and third in the tournament.
When I got wind that England was about to leave for their hotel, I joined the waiting crowd, but I was nervous. I was there as an accredited photographer and was working on my project going a step too far. Luckily, I had a fellow female photographer friend to encourage me, because I would have totally missed my chance at getting this image to complete my set.
And as Hunter walked out of the main building heading towards their team bus, I summed up the courage to ask for a picture and autograph. Thus getting my full set of the medalled captains from the WRWC 2017.
I am sharing this as the news broke this week that Hunter is retiring from rugby.
Thank you Sarah Hunter and all the best in your future endeavours!