Record bid fails at photo finish, but dad and son enjoy playing name game

David Bailey and his son, David Bailey from Pegswood and Blyth have taken part in a advertising campaign run by Samsung called #WeAreDavidBailey to promote their new camera range.
David Bailey and his son, David Bailey from Pegswood and Blyth have taken part in a advertising campaign run by Samsung called #WeAreDavidBailey to promote their new camera range.

A FATHER and son snapped up the chance to meet a famous namesake and learn more about photography.

David Bailey, of Pegswood, and his son, also called David, were intrigued by an advert inviting people of their name to take part in a new Samsung photography initiative.

Its aim was to stage a world record attempt to have the most people of the same name in one place, also offering the chance to meet the famous photographer David Bailey.

All those taking part were given a new NX1000 camera worth £500, a workshop to learn all about its features and an ongoing series of weekly online photographic assignments to capture daily life.

The Northumbrian pair decided to put themselves forward for the project for a laugh, joining 141 other David Baileys from across the UK in London.

Although the meeting fell short of the world record set in the US in 2005 by 162 Martha Stewarts, the Northumbrian pair enjoyed taking part.

Shop manager David junior, of Blyth, said: “We thought it sounded like an interesting project, so we got in touch with the people at Samsung, and it was all organised from there.

“It was overwhelming in a way because everybody was introducing themselves to each other and they were all David Bailey. It was a bit surreal.

“The real David Bailey photographer was there as well, so it was even more confusing.

“It was a rather strange experience.” After the introductions, participants were shown all the features of their new cameras, such as super fast shutter speeds for action shots, built in wi-fi and an i-Function lens system, before they filmed a new Samsung commercial, including taking shots of fashion models.

They then took their cameras back home to begin their assignments, with the challenge to create images that their namesake would be proud of.

The best photographs will be used in Samsung’s advertising campaign for the camera.

David senior, a retired offshore oil and gas industry senior manager and former chairman of Morpeth Conservative Club, is relishing the challenge.

“I am a keen photographer,” he said.

“I’ve been taking photographs for some time now.

“Since I retired, I’ve done a fair bit, and I’ve always had great satisfaction in putting photographs together as a memento of a holiday. I’m quite proud when I look back at them.

“We were shown all the features of the camera, and I’ve been using it over the last couple of weeks and got some good images.

“Myself and David Bailey are about the same age, so I was around when he was associated with the swinging Sixties, Jean Shrimpton, Twiggy and the rise of the Carnaby Street culture.

“I was well aware of all of that, and all my life people have referred to David Bailey.

“I hope through this, I’ll develop my photographic capability.

“When you think about taking a photograph before you take it, I’ve found you can achieve better results.

“Straight away, that’s what happens, rather than just snapping something. I think I can get a lot better.”

His assignments so far have included a self-portrait, shots of commuters, sunrises and sunsets.

“The hardest thing so far has been looking for the sun in the last week or two,” said David senior.

His son added: “I have always been interested in photography but haven’t been very good.

“Hopefully, I will improve my skills through this, with a bit of practice and direction.

Samsung Electronics’ head of digital imaging, Nick White, said: “We want to show that everyone can take fantastic photos, whatever their age, profession, or indeed name.

“Through our campaign with David Bailey, we aim to show that with the right camera, everyone can take shots like a professional photographer.

“It was great meeting all the other David Baileys.

“The idea of having loads of Baileys all over the place taking pictures is really different and funny.”