Terry O’Neill – Photographer

Posted by on Nov 29, 2013
Terry O’Neill – Photographer

Popped in to see Terry in London this morning. What an extremely nice guy. Considering he’s rubbed shoulders with some of the greatest stars of the 20th century, it’s a …

Nicky Clarke – Hair Stylist

Posted by on Nov 5, 2013
Nicky Clarke – Hair Stylist

Any preconceptions you might have about the fluffiness or vacuity of people working in the fashion arena would be quickly dispelled after spending any time with Nicky Clarke. I spent …

Guy Busk – Shepherd

Posted by on Nov 5, 2013
Guy Busk – Shepherd

If you sat back and tried to imagine what a shepherd might be like, then you’d very probably imagine someone like Guy. Tough and gnarled, yet terribly gentle, soft spoken …

Betty Bull – Milkmaid

Posted by on Oct 29, 2013
Betty Bull – Milkmaid

Betty Bull started milking cows straight after she left school at fourteen, back in 1944. She milked by hand, by the light of a paraffin lantern. She then carried the …

Paul Dare – Farmer

Posted by on Oct 24, 2013
Paul Dare – Farmer

Paul has farmed cattle in the Marshwood Vale in Dorset all his life, as did his father, his grandfather and his great grandfather.…

Jodie Kidd – Supermodel

Posted by on Oct 18, 2013
Jodie Kidd – Supermodel

Jodie Kidd in her garden at home. Whilst we may all know Jodie Kidd as one of the worlds top supermodels, you may not know that she’s a very accomplished …

Martin Hobbs – Horn Player LPO

Posted by on Oct 14, 2013
Martin Hobbs – Horn Player LPO

Anne McAneney – Trumpeter

Posted by on Oct 14, 2013
Anne McAneney – Trumpeter

Anne has played in over 4,500 concerts, 41 different countries and has trumpeted for over 55,000 hours – that’s quite some commitment to music!…

Tim Crook – Hand Surgeon

Posted by on Oct 9, 2013
Tim Crook – Hand Surgeon

Tim has sliced into over 4000 hands, he’s removed fingers, replaced fingers, fixed joints and tendons, you name it he’s done it. “The hand is endlessly fascinating, it’s designed to …

Sir Ranulph Fiennes – Explorer

Posted by on Oct 8, 2013
Sir Ranulph Fiennes – Explorer

I was rather nervous of meeting Sir Ranulph Fiennes. He looks rather daunting in many of his portraits, but nothing could be further from the truth. We were to meet …

Michael Morpurgo – Author

Posted by on Oct 4, 2013
Michael Morpurgo – Author

Author, writer, storyteller, I suppose they all mean more or less the same thing, but in the case of Michael Morpurgo I would have thought storyteller was the best description. …

Why Kickstarter is the most interesting shop on earth.

Posted by on Oct 2, 2013

Most of the products we buy are inevitably mass-produced. Large companies cost a great deal to run, share holders demand healthy returns on their investment, and the chain of middle …

Kenton Cool – Mountaineer

Posted by on Sep 23, 2013
Kenton Cool – Mountaineer

Kenton has summited Everest 11 times, and in 2007 reached the summit twice in a week. Considered to be the UK’s leading High Altitude Mountain guide, he has climbed many …

Jonathan Pryce – Actor

Posted by on Sep 7, 2013
Jonathan Pryce – Actor

Jonathan Pryce at home in London. Good actors speak volumes with their hands, but imbuing a photograph with that message (and doing so in a just a few minutes) was …

My Dream Camera – what would yours be?

Posted by on Sep 5, 2013

MY DREAM CAMERA

I’m getting on a bit. I grew up with my hands deep in dev and selenium, playing with Tri-X and Seagull, and watching Bladerunner on TV.
A …

Tom Drury – Horseback Archer

Posted by on Sep 4, 2013
Tom Drury – Horseback Archer

Get on a big horse, bareback, ride it at a gallop, let go of the reins, fire a bow, and hit a target. How on earth? It’s a truly remarkable …

Vanessa Brooks – Lay Midwife

Posted by on Sep 4, 2013
Vanessa Brooks – Lay Midwife

I found Vanessa deep in a wood in Dorset where she had just been running a five day course on midwifery. She’s ‘caught’ (apparently you don’t deliver babies, you ‘catch’ …

James Brent – Builder

Posted by on Aug 30, 2013
James Brent – Builder

I only had a few minutes to shoot James this morning as he was right in the middle of a job. Big hands, I think he thought I was a …

Tim Booth – Photographer

Posted by on Aug 24, 2013
Tim Booth – Photographer

After countless people mentioning it I thought I’d better do a shot of my own hands. This was just going to be a quick test, my camera balanced on a …

Sharon Bindon – Falconer

Posted by on Aug 21, 2013
Sharon Bindon – Falconer

The level of mutual trust needed to hold a huge bird of prey in your bare hands is quite extraordinary. Those talons are designed to rip through bare flesh with …

Gary Markwick – Palmist

Posted by on Aug 19, 2013
Gary Markwick – Palmist

A sixty something Gary looks considerably younger than I do, so either he’s doing something right or I’m doing something wrong. He has the most bewitching hands, fine fingered with …

Helen Sharman, the first British Astronaut in space.

Posted by on Aug 19, 2013
Helen Sharman, the first British Astronaut in space.

I drove up to meet Helen at Kingston University this morning. It was our second crack at the whip as the first time we met back in February it was …

Jo Webb – Dry Stone Waller

Posted by on Aug 14, 2013
Jo Webb – Dry Stone Waller

Jo has been laying dry stone walls around the Cotswolds for over 30 years, and she and I walked out to into the fields to find one she could get …

Sean Henry – Sculptor

Posted by on Jul 29, 2013
Sean Henry – Sculptor

Sean Henry’s sculptures are captivating, gritty and at times haunting. His work has been exhibited all over the world, and it was a privilege to spend some time in studio, …

Jonny Wilkinson – Rugby Player

Posted by on Jul 16, 2013
Jonny Wilkinson – Rugby Player

The images used in this blog are not the ones I will be using for the final show, they are alternates used basically because it seems daft to have a

Julian Lloyd Webber – Cellist

Posted by on Jun 7, 2013

julian-lloyd-webber-cellist
It was great to able to add Julian to the collection, and I have to say that being so close to his fabulous Barjansky Stardivarius Cello was quite a privilege, …

Sir Robin Knox Johnston – Sailor

Posted by on Jun 3, 2013

Sir-Robin-Knox-Johnson - Sailor
In 1968 Sir Robin became the first man to perform a single-handed non-stop circumnavigation of the globe. Thirty eight years later at the age of 67, he did it again. …

Marc Parrett – Puppeteer

Posted by on May 30, 2013

Marc Parrett - Puppeteer
Marc has made thousands of puppets in his career, from aliens to whales, and has operated up to five at a time in his shows, bringing life, thought and emotion …

Hugo Burnham – Shipwright & Rigger

Posted by on May 30, 2013

Hugo Burnham - Shipwright and Rigger
Hugo worked on both the Cutty Sark (rather obviously not in 1869) and the Golden Hind, which he sailed back to England across the Atlantic. He has immensely strong hands, …

Alistair McGowan – Impressionist

Posted by on May 21, 2013

Alistair McGowan
Alistair sat on a park bench in Golden Square under a very brooding sky while I snapped away at his expressive hands. He’s simply bursting with the voices of everyone …

Peter Layton – Glassblower

Posted by on May 15, 2013

Peter Layton Glassblower
Had a wonderful time at London Glassblowing in Bermondsey with Peter Layton and his very helpful assistants. This isn’t the shot of course (very few of the blog pics are …

Nick Mason – Drummer

Posted by on May 15, 2013

Nick Mason Drummer for Pink Floyd
When it comes to iconic drummers, Nick Mason from Pink Floyd is up there with the best. We sat on his fire escape while I prayed for some light to …

Peter Alliss – Golfer

Posted by on May 14, 2013

Peter Alliss - Golfer
I felt like the rain man today, but not in a Dustin Hoffman way. Gloomy and pouring down, but managed to keep the ever amiable Peter Alliss dry in his …

Anna Croft – 777 Captain

Posted by on May 14, 2013

Anna Croft 777 Captain

To say that Anna is stoic would be an understatement. I wanted to have a bit of fun with the photo, but she needed to be lying on her back, …

Steve Knightley, Phil Beer & Miranda Sykes – Show of Hands

Posted by on May 8, 2013

Show Of Hands the Band

I met up with Steve Knightley, Phil Beer and Miranda Sykes from the folk band ‘Show of Hands’ at the Marine Theatre in Lyme Regis just before their gig. It …

Geoffrey Lynn and others of the London Philharmonic Orchestra

Posted by on Apr 25, 2013

Geoffrey Lynn

The images used in this blog are not the ones I will be using for the final show, they are alternates used basically because it seems daft to have a

Anna Watkins – Olympic Gold Medalist Rower

Posted by on Apr 24, 2013

Anna Watkins Rower

The images used in this blog are not the ones I will be using for the final show, they are alternates used basically because it seems daft to have a

Nick Tett – Butcher

Posted by on Apr 22, 2013

Nick Tett Butcher

When I asked Nick Tett if I could photograph him for A Show of Hands his assistant, who was also in the shop said, ‘You should see how Nick cuts …

Rosie – Harpist

Posted by on Mar 29, 2013

Rosie Harpist

Rosie is a true life force, she’d been gigging the night before and hadn’t gone to bed till well after sun up, and yet still turned up chipper as anything …

Terry Gilliam – Film Director

Posted by on Mar 26, 2013

Terry Gilliam

I sent Terry the image I shot of his hands, and the next day he sent this one back. Genius.

This isn’t the final image of course, though I rather …

Mike Lindup – Keyboards. Level 42

Posted by on Mar 26, 2013

Mike Lindup

The images used in this blog are not the ones I will be using for the final show, they are alternates used basically because it seems daft to have a

Sue Arnold – Journalist

Posted by on Mar 12, 2013

Sue Arnold - Journalist

The images used in this blog are not the ones I will be using for the final show, they are alternates used basically because it seems daft to have a

Perry McCarthy – The Stig

Posted by on Mar 12, 2013

The Stig Helmet

Perry aka The Stig (The Original) very kindly agreed to let me photograph his hands at his home in Essex. It was a sub-zero but mostly sunny day, so we …

Kim Creswell – Willow Sculptor

Posted by on Mar 5, 2013

Summer the dog

Summer, Kim’s very inquisitive and sweet dog.

Kim lives deep in the countryside and is a part of it. Her yard is full of beautiful traditional caravans that she renovates, …

John Makepeace – Furniture Designer

Posted by on Mar 4, 2013

John Makepeace

I was rather nervous about shooting John for some reason, but I needn’t have worried, he was charming and very accommodating. He has the most beautiful house and grounds that …

John Matthews – Coal Miner

Posted by on Feb 19, 2013

John Matthews Coal Miner

The images used in this blog are not the ones I will be using for the final show, they are alternates used basically because it seems daft to have a

Pando – Welder

Posted by on Feb 15, 2013

Pando - Welder

The images used in this blog are not the ones I will be using for the final show, they are alternates used basically because it seems daft to have a

Ian Marchant – Farrier

Posted by on Feb 15, 2013

Ian Marchant's Forge

Ian Marchant’s forge is like something out of a film set, piles of iron and old tools scattered rather aesthetically all over the place. It was also incredibly dark in …

Fred Paulley – Hedge Layer

Posted by on Jan 31, 2013

Fred Paulley - Hedge Layer

The images used in this blog are not the ones I will be using for the final show, they are alternates used basically because it seems daft to have a

Sir David Attenborough, It’s a no sadly.

Posted by on Jan 29, 2013

Letter from Sir David Attenborough
What a shame, I was hoping to shoot Sir David Attenborough’s hands as someone who had come into contact with more creatures than anyone else on earth. Sadly he declined, …