Sir Roy Strong at the Stratford Literary Festival .Writer,Historian & Gardener .From Director of the V&A and the National Portrait gallery the are just some of his huge contributions to the cultural life of the UK . A hero that I was not disappointed to meet .
As a photographer ,I am very lucky to meet some truly great people ,people I personally admire .Andrew Marr is amongst those who I believe makes a great contribution to our lives -holding politicians to account is essential and this man does it well & he is also an artist .
25 years since his release from captivity in Beirut .the envoy gave a personal account of his harrowing experiences . A photographer has a hard job to show that in a portrait .
Sir Tim Rice - Portrait was selected for the AoP (Association of Photographers) Awards 2016 . I am very proud that this image was in the Book, the awards are one of the most respected in the world and to have another image selected is a great honour . The concept behind the portrait was to commuicate that as with most creatives,producing the work is not an easy task. Sir Tim Rice has writen some of the most successful scores and has recieved an Oscar and many accolades,however he is often seeking inspiration ,the muse or just the right word and has a blank paper to fill ? I am grateful that Sir Tim 'got' the concept and was suitably pensive ,not a word he would use in a catchy lyric ? Or would he ?
The wonderful Rev Richard Coles ,one of the top 'desirable dinner guests' of the nation ? A most eradite ,entertaining and engaging gentleman that it was pleasure to photograph at my PopUp studio at the Artshouse in Stratford upon Avon .November 2016 . The background is one of my collection of Victorian photographic backdrops, hand painted probably by scenic artists around 1895 ? I have the original mahogany and iron stand ,just a little too heavy to take on location ,but the smaller backdrops are fine,although looking a little tired .
Paul Merton at Stratford Literary Festival -
Chris Packham - presenter -photographer -naturalist. Some people have too much talent , and Chris is working on many TV programmes including the very popular Autumn and Spring Watch .World's Weirdest Events is a strange but very interesting .
Stratford Literary Festival
Stratford literary Festival
Celebrity Chef - with 2 Mitchelin Stars and a string of books - a portrait that is not his usual smiling face -Mr Kerridge has steel in those eyes ,he believes in bloody hard work and I think he also has great talent and a drive that makes things happen ,
Stratford Literay Festival
RSC actor at Startford Literay Festival -part of an exhibition at the Artshouse Stratford upon Avon ,October 2015
Stratford Literary Festival - image from an exhibition 'Festival Faces' at the Artshouse Stratford upon Avon .
On fine form
The man from MasterChef and many other ventures presented his new book at the Stratford Literary Festival May 2016.
At Stratford Literary Festival - Comedian and author .
At the Stratford Literary Festival in Oct 2014 ,part of the exhibition at the Artshouse ,Rother Street ,Stratford upon Avon . October 22nd -November 11th 2015 .Possibly the most popular presenter in the uk in 2015 ,with his oown Chat show & radio programme ,Graham Norton presented his new Autobiography at the festival in Autumn 2014a and was one of the first subjects for the exhibition -Festival Faces . The result of a collaberation with tthe Stratford Literary Festival .The final images to be part of an archive for the town -Bards Town Portraits.
New Novel - The Butcher's Hook
Mary Portas - Queen of Shops - at the Stratford Literary Festival ,Shop Girl.Portrait photography of Mary Portas at the Stratford ArtsHouse during the Stratford Literary Festival 2016 .
BBC's security correspondent - revelations about the Technology & Spies over the last few years and beyond.
Stratford Literary Festival April 2016
No need for Geniuses -
Birmingham Stage Company - Barmy Britain - Horrible Histories
Matthew Oliver ,Caroline Webb & Nikki Feris
Barmy Britain - Horrible Histories Birmingham Stage Company