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Dagenham amateur photographer shortlisted in national competition appeals for votes

PUBLISHED: 19:00 13 November 2018

Church Bazaar. Picture: COLIN PAGE

Church Bazaar. Picture: COLIN PAGE

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A photographer who hates having his picture taken has made a last minute call for votes after his work was shortlisted in a national competition.

Valence Park. Picture: COLIN PAGEValence Park. Picture: COLIN PAGE

Dagenham snapper Colin Page’s photo of a man carrying a cross outside Wood Lane Baptist Church entitled Church Bazaar is up for a gong in the 2019 British Photography Awards.

The shot is one of 20 shortlisted in the street scene category with the winning entry decided for the first time by public vote.

Colin, who lives in Winifred Road, said: “I want to put Dagenham on the map.

“There are pictures in the competition from all over the world. I want Dagenham to be known worldwide.

Church Bazaar. Picture: COLIN PAGEChurch Bazaar. Picture: COLIN PAGE

“It would be brilliant if people voted for me. It would nice to win to get Dagenham noticed for something other than bad news,” he added.

No stranger to success, the 51-year-old amateur won the same award last year with a photo of a silhouetted couple looking across London from Greenwich Park.

“I’m going for the double,” Colin said.

The former lorry driver took this year’s entry last Easter using his Leica 114, a model between a compact and digital camera.

“It was really weird,” Colin said. “I was just passing on a bus and there was a man walking down the street with a massive cross on his back.

“He was just passing the church with a sign outside saying Church Bazaar. I took the picture and he was gone. It just seemed really weird for that to happen in Dagenham.”

The lifelong photography buff started developing his own black and white prints in a make-shift darkroom at home when he was 15 years-old.

He started to take his hobby a bit more seriously two or three years ago.

His photograph, Valence Park, took second prize last month in a competition focused on landscapes around Havering, Thurrock, Barking and Dagenham and Brentwood.

But Colin, his parents’ main carer, doesn’t want to turn professional.

“I do it for the love of doing it,” he said.

The public voting closes on Thursday (November 15) with nominees announced on November 25.

To vote, visit britishphotographyawards.org

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