My favourite photo

by Vicki Humphrey on 16 April 2012 

Daimler, loaded on truck, with headlights taped to prevent damage to the galss
Arrival at the Museum – taped for transport

It is strange how an inanimate object can be perceived as having a character, but many do. And conservators develop quite intimate understandings of the workings and foibles of the objects they are working on. Some we gently coax along through their treatment; others need a stern talking to!

They all have different characteristics, not just because of their physical make-up and specific deterioration but they carry their history with them and all of these things touch us in different ways. Looking at the Daimler I see a solid and determined character, a character that still comes through despite the wear and tear and signs of neglect.

My favourite photo of the Daimler, however, is one that makes it look – to me – more human than any other. The tape over the headlights was placed there to protect the glass in transit but somehow it gives the car eyes and expression. I love it.

Wonder how its expression will change over the months to come.