The Portrait

Periodically, throughout my photographic career I’ve been interested
in taking portraits. Sometimes I go for years without
making a single one, sometimes I seem to get into the groove and take several
over a short space of time.

The people who I do choose to photograph seem to have a particular
look, it is as if I am staging a play and there is not a part for everyone.
I once declined an offer to do a portrait of the Dalai Lama for this very

Grant Dickie, in the photograph above, is someone who I immediately
thought that I do have a part for, even though I don’t have a script, a
conscious one anyway.