Picture credit: David Noton

Armed with a bin bag a photographer turned cleaner for one of the most important commissions of his life – to shoot 10 Downing Street for a 1st Class stamp.

Landscape photographer David Noton was at the PM?s abode to shoot a picture of the famous address for a stamp released earlier this month by the Royal Mail.

Speaking about the commission, which took place one afternoon last winter, David told Amateur Photographer: ?I spent a very enjoyable afternoon in Downing Street waiting for the window and doorway lights to come on.?

However, after a leisurely tour of Number 10 David came back down to earth when he realised a massive clean-up operation was needed to ensure leaves littering the doorway didn?t ruin the photos.

David said he and stamp designer Robert Maude ?were down on our knees on the doorstep with a bin bag picking up leaves?.

David captured the picture, which is now available as a 1st Class stamp, using a Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III and 24mm lens.

Asked if there were any other hurdles to overcome for the new stamp series he told us: ?All the pictures had to be very simple because they had to work as small reproductions.?

But David – who is today taking photos on Dartmoor – said he was less than impressed when he saw a newspaper story of the PM holding his picture aloft a couple of weeks ago.

?I was absolutely gutted there was no mention of the [stamp] photographer,? said David who was away in Scotland at the time and saw the press coverage over breakfast one morning.

The 12 stamps also feature images by landscape ace Charlie Waite.

Subjects include the Angel of the North, Blackpool Tower and Harlech Castle.


Picture credit: Geoff Caddick