Revenge is a dish best served cold, and for freelance photographer Jake Walters this was certainly the case when he decided to resurrect an extremely unflattering six-year-old snap of Sir Philip Green.
“My portrait of Sir Philip Greed, sorry Green, taken on his Arcadia office balcony on Oxford Street,” said Jake Walters in an Instagram post.
In it, the usually diminutive businessman stands tall with his arms folded, looking down against a backdrop of blue sky. At Sir Philip’s feet are two round, plump bushes. It is difficult to miss the visual similarity of Sir Philip’s erect form to a penis, framed by leafy green testicles.
Walters, who was on a shoot for The Guardian at the time, told HuffPost UK: “He was sweary, very abrupt and unnecessarily rude. He was objectionable to me and my assistant from the very start. So I decided right then, if I get a chance I’m going to do you.
“I went on his balcony and I saw a long row of those topiary balls and I had the idea. My assistant was saying: ‘Jake, I can’t believe you’re going to do this, they’re going to see,’ but I thought I’d risk it.”
Polaroids of Sir Philip, standing proud between his perfectly-manicured bushes, were handed to his press team for approval. There were complaints that the mogul’s suit was creased and requests for it to be smoothed, but apparently no one else noticed anything amiss.
Walters recalled: “My assistant had to walk away covering his face. We were both thinking, at any minute someone is going to say: ‘Hold on a minute, doesn’t he look like a cock?’ But no one did.
“I’m always very polite because I want the best results, even when I was making him look like a prick, I was still being very polite to him.”
Sadly, the picture was not used at the time, with Walters admitting: “The Guardian bottled it,” but happily it has now received an airing.
It is not the first time Sir Philip’s...