Michael Fabricant will be featured in the new series of ITV’s ‘Waterworld’
when it starts again in January next year. "To my surprise, I won an award
for a couple of photographs I took from a narrow boat on a canal near Napton
on the Hill in Warwickshire" says Michael. "I entered the photos in a House
of Commons competition called ‘Views of England’ and I was delighted that
the judges chose to put my photos on display in Westminster Hall in the
Houses of Parliament.
"Waterworld’s producer heard about this from ITV’s lobby correspondent at
the House of Commons and decided to film a feature about this. Matt Teale
of Waterworld asked me about my interest in photography and filmed me
recently at Fradley Junction. I told him that the reflections in the canal
water of the sky and the unchanged industrial architecture from the turn of
the 1800s all make for great pictures. The pictures at Napton were taken on
a small digital Canon Ixus camera bought locally at Jessops in Lichfield.
"But my interest in canals is not limited to photography", says Michael.
"I’m a keen narrowboater. I enjoy steering narrowboats and operating the
locks. It’s great fun when I go with a bunch of good mates for a long
weekend on the canals. My dream, of course, is to see the restoration of
the Lichfield and Hatherton canals so that narrow boats will, once again, be
seen in the City of Lichfield". Michael is a member of the Lichfield &
Hatherton Canals Restoration Trust.
The two award winning photographs are shown below.