Alison Davies holding her husband Paul’s hand

Alison Davies holding her husband Paul’s hand

Because of you… we have one more photo

Paul Davies began his movie career as 4th Assistant Director on the 1958 film ‘Lady Killers’ starring Alec Guinness

Paul went on to edit the classic film ‘Straw Dogs’ starring Dustin Hoffman and many other blockbuster movies including ‘Oedipus the King’, which had an all- star cast that included Christopher Plummer and Orson Welles.

Paul entertained friends with a surreal story about an encounter with Alec Guinness and risqué tales of cooking lessons with Fanny Craddock.

In the 1980s, Paul retired to Herefordshire where he lived with his family. Paul’s second wife Alison said, ‘Paul was the most incredible man I have ever met. He was a talented artist, and after he suffered a severe stroke in 2006 he kept his mind stimulated by embarking on a new photography project, looking at the world from the vantage point of a wheelchair. Paul was determined to continue making every moment count. ‘Just try and stop me,’ he said. We travelled across the UK and France looking for images that reflected his love of life.’

Paul was admitted to St Michael’s Hospice on Wednesday 26th June, and when Complementary Therapist Beatrix Veal heard of Paul’s passion for life and photography, she felt it would be a tribute to Paul if St Michael’s could help celebrate his love of pictures by helping Alison to create one last photograph. Beatrix’s idea has resulted in a beautiful image of Alison holding Paul’s hand in the last hours of his life.

Paul’s friend and personal assistant, Moira Grafen-Campbell, who helped curate his final exhibition said, ‘Paul and I were always talking about the next project, and I think it’s wonderful that with the help and encouragement from St Michael’s Hospice we have one more picture to add to his collection.

‘Paul believed photographs should be beautifully composed and have a meaning, and the photograph of his hand been held so gently by Alison is full of significance – it’s about the lasting legacy of each moment we have and something about the love people have for each other and the sadness and the joy their memories can bring. It shows how St Michael’s Hospice is all about making the most of every second of a person’s life.’