A couple of weeks ago I journeyed up to the house of the presenter and writer Andrew Marr to photograph him for his new upcoming documentary called ‘Andrew Marr my brain and me’ . He will chart his ongoing recovery from a stroke over the six month period during the momentous events that included Brixit, Syria and the U.S. elections.
Andrew has a very funny and overly curious half Bengal cat ( as I know from experience they are , having owned one ) . Away from the more formal and structured portrait I made a few as the cat tried to have a closer look of Andrews ‘Brain’ ! Its good to see this one was used in the article in the UK Guardian on Sunday . Enjoyed spending time with lovely Andrew , his cat and Laura Sunnucks / Icon.
This is great the actor and director Charles Dance OBE, most recently ‘Tywin Lannister’ the Lord of Casterly Rock in ‘Game of Thrones ‘.
Charles is providing the narration for the new Natural History mini series ‘Savage Kingdom ‘ , that follows warring animal tribes battling for survival in remote regions of Africa . Premiering in the U.S.A. on the NatGeoWild channel , November 25.
I was kindly asked by the producer Icon Films and NatGeo Wild channel, to provide behind-the-scenes and promotional pictures of Charles here working in the small basement recording studio in Soho during the recordings. Lovely man, what a voice , what a production , what a film . Thank you Harry & Laura Marshall / Anna Gol at Icon . Thanks also to the little wifey Mihaela, for providing her usual impeccable make up skills ( for Charles, not me … although the time is fast approaching ) !
Charles Dance OBE. Darran Rees / Nat Geo Wild / Icon Films
I was invited by the International Film Festival (iffp ) to make project of the small island of Patmos, Greece , to run as a exhibition concurrently with the week long annual film festival there in July. Shooting in June, I returned to London to print and back to Patmos in July to hang the exhibition .
Measuring only 8 km x 2 km, the island is a fascinating microcosm of a larger world tucked away in the Northern Dodecanese in the Aegean sea. With a mix of peoples, some who were born ,live and work on the island, to expatriates from all corners of the world who have made homes there for most of their adult lives. Not forgetting the tourists who come to swim in its beautiful waters and to visit the cave where John the apostle had his vision of Jesus .
The plan was to capture a snap-shot of the island in the limited time I had there. As the title suggests, it was twelve days, but actually only around 8 shooting days. I wanted to make a wide variation of work as I could in order to capture something of the island that would make the familiar seem unfamiliar , to people of the island and visitors alike.
‘Come to Paradise 1 ‘
‘Son of Greece’
‘A son of England’
‘Flying child of Patmos’
I wanted also to make a few pictures that commented upon the tragic migration crises that has, I feel, affected Greece and some of her islands in a disproportionate way compared to other ( and richer ) European countries. These three pictures are the ‘Come to paradise ‘ series and one of them is shown here.
There were eventually 26 large framed prints hanging in the show, so given the limited time to get ‘beneath the surface’ I was pleased. There are plans to transfer the exibition to a central Athens gallery and beyond following that. More info about this will be forthcoming. D
I only just discovered we had two images selected for a honourable mention in these prestigious awards published in November , in the ‘CityScapes’ category. Better late than never !
Thanks to Chris, the Editor / Creator at Sodium Burn , for the invitation to be interviewed to discuss my work , approach and philosophy etc.
I was very fortunate to have had the wonderful and thoughtful writer, Harry Keir-Hughes carry out the interview. Harry’s very clued-in words , and, sheer appreciation of the art form I love, can be read here.