Portraits and People
Faithfull (left, wearing sack and titfer) before the pop predators
moved in. In the centre is her friend Sally Oldfield, a very
gifted musician, and sister of Mike Oldfield of Tubular Bells
fame. On the right is their close chum Jenny Churchill, wearing
uniform, that of the Convent School, Reading. I used to take them around the Berkshire and Oxfordshire pubs in my battered old
Austin 10, where they entertained the customers with Joan Baez numbers.
John Kinsella is Ireland's most distinguished and prolific composer. This photograph was taken duing the
wonderful West Cork Chamber Music Festival in 2009. Every year this festival attracts many of the world's best
performers to the little town of Bantry in West Cork
The Vanbrugh Quartet
The Vanbrugh Quartet is Ireland's best known chamber group. Based in Cork, it is one of Europe's most successful quartets.
The musicians are founders of the West Cork Chamber Music Festival. Here they are rehearsing in the library
of Bantry House, where many of the concerts are held. This was taken during the 2008 Festival.
Taken in the studio of the Berkshire College of Art photography department located in the Technical College Building in
the Kings Road, Reading.
The facilities were not purpose built as studios but were adpted
classrooms. The teaching at this
college was top notch, and has
stood me in good stead all my working life. We were given a
thorough grounding in the physics and
chemistry of photography, as well as excellent practical sessions. My portraiture tutor was Gilbert Adams, a distinguished portrait artist
and the son of Marcus Adams, who took many of the most famous pictures of Queen Elizabeth when she was a child. The department
occasionally borrowed a student from one of the other separments in the college for us to photograph, and perhaps this pretty girl
came from the secretarial or the catering school. (This was 1960!). Fortunately for her, I don't think any of us had the courage to
chat her up (see below)..
Berkshire College of Art 1961, four chums in the photography department.
We took a 2 year full time course in photgraphy in this excellent college in the times when further education was free.
Left to right, Ray Blythe, Philip Langton, Peter Hutchinson, and Chris O'Dell.
The half-plate Thornton Pickard in the middle was not a historical prop, it was used every day in our practical work.
All of us had careers, but not all of us careers in photography. We have kept in touch over the years.
Sean is a very clever Swiss gentleman who is also my freind and neighbour.
He is a successful entrepreneur in the IT world, and is a notable collector of original art.
He shares my taste for whiskey, particularly the fine Irish kind, and we have regular sessions
where we try out new (and old) bottles. I have given this portrait a warm tone to reflect his character.
Dido in 1968
Dido was one of my favourite models when I was at college.
Several years later I took a series of pictures of her for her folio, of which this is one;
by this time she had trained as an actress but was still doing modelling work to
keep body and soul together. She had remarkably long pitch-black hair.
Anthony Rooley, Lutanist, and Emma Kirkby, Soprano
Emma Kirkby (now Dame Emme Kirkby) is a renowned English soprano and early music specialist.
Anthony Rooley is a world famous lutanist and director of the Consort of Musicke.
In 1979 I was
employed by the British Council to shoot a documentary called "Like as
which traced the history of the instrument back to its middle eastern
origins. We travelled with these two
remarkable muscians as they toured
Egypt and Jordan.
This photograph was clearly taken back in England, but I can't remember the location.
Nikon FM2 24mm Nikkor Ektachrome
This was taken in a studio in the beautiful old Victorian Art School in the Old Steine in Brighton before the vandals demolished
it and built a concrete bunker
in its place. Gillian is a very talented painter who now lives and works in her studio in New Zealand.
Taken in about 1965 with my Asahi Pentax, 50mm Takumar Kodal Tri-X.
To see more photos of Gillian click here
The Famous Lips of Mick Jagger
When I was a student I was occasionally hired by Andrew Loog Oldham, the Rolling Stones manager, as a freelance photgrapher.
These pictures were taken in the dressing room of the Astoria Cinema in Finsbury Park, London, before the opening show of the
Rolling Stones Tour on the 5th
September 1964. A few of the pictures I took that day appeared on
the back of one of the Stones' early
albums. Mr Loog Oldham
was not particularly speedy in paying his photographers, so I hung on
to the negatives, which I still have
to this day. Maybe one day I will receive the cheque.
Asahi Pentax 50mm Takumar Kodak Tri-X
Driver of Locomotive No. 6302, Reading Main Line Station, 1969
This photograph was taken on the Reading main line platform in September or early October 1959. This was the first field trip of my first term of my
2 years full time photography course at the Berkshire College of Art, and was the first photograph I
took that was considered by my tutor to be good
enough to make an
exhibition size print. (I still have the original 16” x 12”
print). It was taken on a college Microcord 6x6cm roll film
camera, and fortunately
I still have the negative. Locomotive No 6302 was built in the
Swindon Works in 1920. It was a 4300 class engine, designed by George
layout 2-6-0, weighing 62 tons plus a 40 ton tender,
powered by two 18” x 30” cylinders. It appears to have spent most of
its working life in the GWR service
based in Reading. Its last shed
was Didcot, and it was withdrawn in March 1962, and eventually cut up
back in the Swindon Works in 1963.
Microcord, 75mm Ross Xpress, probably Plus-X
Anthony Powell in his study
Anthony Powell, renowned
author of the series of novels "A Dance to the Music of Time", was the
subject of a South Bank Show television
documentary that I shot in 1978 called "Keeping the Ball Rolling"
I took this photograph in his beautiful Somerset home during the
Nikon FM2 24mm Nikkor, Ektachrome
Don Bachardy and Christopher Isherwood in their Malibu home
I shot a film for the
LWT arts series "The South Bank Show" in Los Angeles about the English
writer Christopher Isherwood, author of "Goodbye to Berlin",
the book on which the musical "Cabaret" was based. We set
up this scenein his house in Malibu using the famout painting by David
Hockney as the
model. Everything was the same as in the painting, but we had to
buy some fresh fruit. Christopher and his partner the artist Don
Bachardy were in a happy
frame of mind, and they look more cheerful in this photographthan in
the hockney painting. A print of this picture is in the permanent
collection of the
National Portrait Gallery, London.
Nikon FM2, Nikkor24mm, Ektachrome
Marianne Faithfull at home in Reading
This was taken in about 1962,
while she was still at school at St Joseph's Convent. This was
long before she was "discovered" by the
Asahi Pentax, 55mm Takumar, Kodachrome.
To see more photographs of Marianne click here.
Colin Dexter - creator of Inspector Morse
I was the
cinematographer on several of the later Morse television series,
including the final one "The Remorseful Day". Colin Dexter
usually made an appearance in the films when we were on location in Oxford. This picture was taken in O'Sullivan's Bar in
Crookhaven, West Cork. Colin was appearing at the West Cork Literary Festival at the time, and we took him out to lunch.
On the Morse location - Producer Chris Burt and Morse creator Colin Dexter
was taken during
the shooting of the final Morse film, "The Remorseful Day". The
photograph was taken in the quad of Exeter College, Oxford.
This is where the scene was set when Morse has his final heart
attack. There is a story that when we came to shoot this scene,
where Morse collapses on the grass, the cameras jammed, seemingly to
prevent the sad scene being shot. I was operating "B" camera,
high on the roof looking down into the quad, and I can confirm that my
camera did jam on the cue to roll cameras. I cannot confirm
This photograph captures a rare moment, as it appears to depict a
producer offering someone some money. Colin is in costume, so
must have been making an appearance, Hitchcock like, as was his
habit. Perhaps the small coins represent his fee. Chris
Burt, the series producer, is dressed in a producer's
Martin, Brendan and Steve Coogan, with Auntie Patricia cleaning up.
It is quite
difficult to get all three brothers together in the same place at the same time
Here, they are staying with their Aunt in West Cork.
Bronica ETRS, Zenzanon150mm, Ilford HP5
My friends David and Venita
Bronica ETRS, Zenzanon150mm, Ilford HP5
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