This shoot with Greg was done for the regular OFM feature, Life on a Plate. Any athlete pays a lot of attention to his/her diet and Greg’s food of choice, especially for breakfast, is porridge. A man after my own heart. Diets come and go, but porridge has been a winner for generations. Admittedly, now that everyone is eating Quinoa, Chia and other items who’s names were not even in the dictionary when I was born, I have felt a little out of date as I dig into my porridge in the morning. I have of late tried to add at least Turmeric and pepper in my dish to make it a little more coherent according to the 21st century dietary recommendations. But seeing that one of Britain’s best long jumpers indulges in the same grain, I suddenly feel justified and on trend.
Greg was as nice as they come. The shoot started a lot later than we had hoped and we had saved a jumping shot with porridge to the end. These shots often demand more than one take and this shot was no different. We kept on trying to show Greg high up in a jump, porridge flying, but we couldn’t quite get it. It was not until I had 70 percent of my body out of the door, stretching towards the awaiting taxi that was going to take me to my other appointment on time, that we got the shot. As often happens with these shoots – you’re left with a feeling that the result you had hoped for was too ambitious and compromise was needed, until the final hour, minute, second, millisecond, when the stars align and the shot is in the bag. Phewwwww….