“Ships of wood and men of iron” – Bringing our sitters back to life

In a recent post about creatively reimagining the Knights-Whittome collection through fictional writing we observed how difficult it can be to really empathise with an individual when just faced with a list of bare facts.   It is not often that we are privy to a real life observation about one of our sitters than gives…

Lionel Greenstreet First Officer, Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition of 1914-1917. 2nd Lieutenant, Royal Navy.

Anyone who visited the recent World War One exhibition at Central Library Sutton may be familiar with the story of Lionel Greenstreet, just one of the many military sitters photographed by David Knights-Whittome at his studio in Sutton.  Just a few days before the exhibition boards were due for print, and browsing through the names of…