Hove's Member of Parliament, Peter Kyle agreed to meet me have his photograph taken. 'I don't know what a daguerreotype is, but I am happy to sit for your portrait!'
Peter's Hove constituency office looks — from the outside at least — like a cross between Poundland and the Post Office. But inside you can see the cogs of local government at work: Operations Directors, aids, staff. The atmosphere is light-hearted and fun; a Friday buzz about the room. Peter breezes through, hand outstretched: 'Yes the photograph...' He's tall, relaxed and driven. 'Hi Peter, thanks for seeing me. This should take no more than ten minutes,' 'You said five.'
Peter says things like, 'That's interesting,' and 'I can see that.' He's expert in listening to people and you come away feeling he absorbed what you said.
I talked about Winston Churchill's famous portrait in Ottawa and how the photographer, Yousuf Kirsh plucked Churchill's cigar from his mouth leading to that indignant scowl. The portrait became the most famous one of the great leader. Kirsch was celebrated for capturing the defiance Britain and Churchill were feeling at the time. Peter listened away nodding, 'Interesting.'
Peter didn't seem that interested when I said I'd send him the portraits for approval before publishing them. A member of the public had walked in behind me and straight away he was in greeting mode. 'Hello, how can we help?'