Tuesday 8 April 2008

Stephen Wiltshire

Tomorrow at 9pm on Channel Five is a "must see" programme on tv. Extraordinary People: the Human Camera is about Stephen Wiltshire who, in 1987 at the age of 11 featured in a BBC documentary showing his incredible talent of drawing London buildings from memory with incredible accuracy.

Stephen is now 33 years old and enjoys a lucrative career, exhibiting and selling his artwork in his own gallery near Trafalgar Square. The programme follows his return to school to meet his teachers who encouraged his talents and shows him working on a four-metre aerial panorama of London, drawn from memory after a 15 minute ride in a helicopter. I remember the original programme well - I can't believe it was 22 years ago - and look forward to watching this tomorrow night.

I'm so pleased that work has finished for the day as I now have five days off to look forward to. I am so excited that I shall actually have time to get on with my redraft as the August deadline for RNA NWS is looming ever closer, so I need to get a move on.


Yvonne said...

I remember reading about him years ago and seeing his amazing drawings, but I never remembered his name. Unfortunately I can't get Five here but now that I have his name I can Google him! Thanks!

(End enjoy your five days off!)

HelenMWalters said...

Oh gosh, I remember. Was it really 22 years ago?!

elizabeth said...

Enjoy your days.... ;-)

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Deborah Carr (Debs) said...

yvonne - yes, he is a remarkable person, I'm looking forward to the programme

helenmh - I know, doesn't time fly... so scary.

elizabeth - thanks, I shall certainly make the most of them and it's sunny too.

Lane Mathias said...

I remember that first programme too. Where have the years gone???
Will definitely watch tonight. Thanks for the reminder:-)

Leigh Russell said...

Deadlines... where would we be without them? I don't think I'd ever get anthing done.

S D Everington said...

Hi Debs

Thanks for your comments on my blog. Thought I'd come and visit you in the shed. Sounds much nicer than sitting in my box room.

Enjoy your 5 WHOLE DAYS off. I'll be popping by to see how you get on with your redrafts :)

BTW Please tell me, as a seasoned parent, what's worse toddlers or teenagers?

Karen said...

Oh, thanks for reminding me, I defintitely want to watch this!

I remember faffing about too much leading up to my RNA deadline a couple of years ago, and ended up sending off a paltry three chapters :o)

Deborah Carr (Debs) said...

lane - I know, isn't it scary.

leigh russell - I know, I need them deadlines to spurr me on otherwise I would just dawdle and never finish anything.

shanta everington - thanks for popping by my shed.

I would have to say that having spent the morning with my sister and her two and four year old, teenagers are definately easier (despite the sulks and groans every time you say anything).

karen - the rate I'm going I won't have much more than three chapters this year.

Anonymous said...

I have 3 drawings of his. One signed! He is amazing a real inspiration!!

Deborah Carr (Debs) said...

motherx - you have three drawings, how wonderful especially the signed one. I wish I did, I think he's an amazing chap.