I love this shot for multiple reasons, one it’s an original I’ve never seen taken and sent by Terry, two Vicky Ashley is a new model to me I’ve never come across and three it’s taken at Ewhurst! Finally I’m a sucker for a redhead with a nice pair of tits!
This shot along with two others I’ve been sent were all taken by Terry around the grounds of Ewhurst on the 10th June 1969, which Terry has said was the last time he used Ewhurst as a location as after that he tended to favour Walden Manor in later years of his career. I love seeing this shot in colour, as you don’t see many of Ewhurst in colour, plus I love the funky trouser suit Vicky is wearing, very 1960’s! Oh and of course nice figure and boobs!
Thanks to Terry for sharing this shot, which is now a favourite!
For locations used for glamour shoots by GHM and others I’ve always been fascinated by Ewhurst Manor it’s location, background, grounds and rooms that were used. As I’ve posted more and more shots, it has also become obvious that this wasn’t the only location that was used and the name Walden Manor started to appear. Knowing very little about the place or location I thought I’d ask Terry as he mentioned it on one of his mails and he has kindly replied with this fascinating insight into Walden and a superb image!
It’s an old Manor House near Orpington in Kent. It was owned by a lovely couple in their 60’s, name of Janet and Jim Clark. Working there was a joy as Janet, who had spent most of her life in Mexico City was a great cook and always provided the most fabulous lunches. The only problem was that after eating too much nobody wanted to work in the afternoon. Walden Manor I think I am correct in saying was only used by GHM, Ed Alexander, Ken Williams and myself for glamour shoots although I believe they let it out to film and advertising companies. The great advantage to me was that it was nearly always available at short notice unlike Ewhurst who had so many clients it often needed to be booked well in advance. That was often difficult with the glamour girls who tended to be here today and gone tomorrow. There was a large entrance hall and several bedrooms including a four poster bed. The whole place was filled with antiques, a grand piano and a cellar.
One day GHM booked the place and turned up with a young couple telling Janet he wanted to take some romantic pix of them. At some point in the afternoon Janet happened to look out of one of the bedroom windows to see George on the front lawn taking close ups of the young couple having vigorous sex. That was too much for Janet and she refused to let him work there again!
When I was still working for Russell we had a 4 day shoot there making a film called the Hell Fire Club. A lot of the scenes were filmed in the cellar and in one particular shot I had to film two men dressed as Monks carrying a naked girl down the stairs. The wood was far more rotten than any realised and the whole lot came crashing down, luckily not causing any great damage to our actors. This meant the whole crew were now stuck in the cellar. After about 30 minutes of shouting, Jim finally turned up with a ladder and we all climbed out. We still had more of the film to shoot but some of he girls found it difficult going up and down the ladder when they were half naked. Personally I thought it was good fun!
I have attached a photo of us all in the entrance hall of Walden, taken by Jim Clark.
Back row: Russell Gay, Samantha Bond, Terry Sparks, Cindy Neal, John (Assistant to Terry)
Front row: Milt (actor), Maya Zell, Malcolm (actor) and April Dawson
I love this as not your typical shot and good to see Terry in the photo. Great to see the models too, although April Dawson is a new name to me and Milt the actor looks familiar?
Thanks Terry 🙂
The above image is of Pam Arnold/Tiffany St.Clair on the cover of Fiesta Magazine Vol.2 No.1 (March 1968) and was sent through by Terry with another great little story. Rather than paraphrase it I’ll post it as sent by Terry as I’m sure he won’t mind and it will make the post title become clear. Anyway over to Terry …
‘Today I saw Pam Arnold on your website and it reminded me of the times I worked with her. One of the first shoots was in the studio and the attached Fiesta cover was one of the resulting pictures, but mostly we used her for filming. At that time Russell Gay had a good outlet in Denmark and we used to supply them with 16mm films depicting the so called “Joy” of nudism. Invariably it involved two girls and a guy prancing around on a beach, throwing large balls about. Any excuse! Pam did a couple of these, once working with Lena Ellis, but I can`t remember who the other girl was in the second film. We were shooting at Pegwell Bay when there was a rather odd incident I recall. Mid afternoon we were suddenly engulfed by a swarm of small black flies. Unfortunately they all insisted on landing on Pam’s pubic area and more or less ignored the rest of us. All very embarrassing for the poor girl, no matter how many she tried to brush off they just kept returning to her most sensitive spot. Finally she threw a major wobbly and we had to pack up and move a lot further along the beach. I think that was the last time we worked with her and I am pretty sure that was when she went to GHM.’
What a fab little story and one worth sharing and I’m sure should Pam ever read this she wouldn’t mind! A big thanks to Terry again for another wonderful little story and accompanying image – Thanks Terry! Also one of the best scans of a Early Fiesta cover I’ve seen, so Terry must have kept it in good nick!
A simple but stunning shot of Ann Walker taken in 1964 by Terry Sparks and one that comes with a story attached 🙂
Terry recently found the site whilst searching for one of his favourite models, Gloria Lomax and decided to contact me. It transpires that Terry spent three years working for Russell Gay from April 1966 to late 1968. What many people don’t know, is that Russell Gay lost interest in taking pictures around 1965 and thereafter concentrated on publishing, particularly QT, Fiesta and Knave. He employed Terry and Ken Williams to shoot for him. So although pictures were still going out stamped “Russell Gay Studios” they were in fact taken by Terry or previously Ken Williams. Russell did continue directing 8mm films but left the running of the studio, finding models etc. to Terry. As Terry stated it became quite frustrating to see his photographs being published with Russell’s name on them, but as he paid a reasonable salary Terry lived with the fact. After Terry left RG’s employment he went freelance, but still worked out of his studio and he also let him use a small office on condition that Russell got first refusal on any thing that Terry shot. This meant that Terry was still effectively shooting for Fiesta and Knave but it also allowed him to sell any pictures Russell did not want to his agents in the States and on the Continent.
Terry sent me the above photo which he took of Annie Walker in May 1964 before he worked for RG. Terry later became friends with Ann and remembers spending one afternoon wallpapering her bathroom in her new flat after she split with Ed Alexander. What a great story!
A big thank you to Terry for the wonderful story and image of Ann, as these are the things that make doing this site such a pleasure. Terry has promised to keep in touch and provide more stories and information and I already have another shot of Ann and some memorabilia from him.
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