Yesterday I again photographed ‘classic’ male model Alan Lewis Jones. This time he needed some fairly plain head shots so I just used two different backdrops. He is used to being photographed and so knows exactly how he needs to look which makes him a very straightforward and easy subject to photograph.

I recently photographed the German pianist Volker Bertelmann known as Hauschka who is a proponent of the prepared piano. He played continuously for 70 minutes at a concert at Dartington Hall creating some extraordinary sounds by placing and moving a selection of objects inside the piano as he played, at times amplifying the sounds.

Edinburgh International Festival contacted me recently for permission to use this photograph of Thea Musgrave, the celebrated composer who is ninety this year. It was taken when she was running a composition course at Dartington Summer School of Music.

Alongside photographing in digital format at the Summer School, I shot a couple of films with my Bronica GS 6 x 7 film camera. I’m not sure the final images look very different to the digital ones I took but I had a very different relationship with the sitters when using a large medium format camera with only 10 shots per film. One has to make each image count in a way one doesn’t have to with digital cameras. From top left – Joseph Havlat, pianist, Howard Skempton, composer, Michael Finnissy, composer.

A final photo taken at the crazy and joyful last jive and big band night of the Summer School.

Dartington International Summer School & Festival is over for another year. As always, I enjoyed it very much – meeting the musicians and composers and hearing some sublime music. This was my last photo shoot – a small brown piano in the Private Garden.

Some more photographs from Dartington International Summer School 2017. From top left – Stevie Wishart – composer and hurdy-gurdy player, James Runcie – playwright and broadcaster, Eliza Carthy – folk musician, and Adriano Adewale – Brazilian percussionist.

Photographing at my favourite event of the year – Dartington International Summer School & Festival. From top left – Nicholas Clapton, countertenor, Jon Banks – early music specialist, Tamin Al-Barghouti – Palestinian poet and Martin Carthy – folk singer and guitarist. I’m afraid I didn’t photograph any women this week…

some more campsite photos…

Today I photographed the newly opened campsite at Dartington. It looks most pretty and inviting.

There will be an exhibition of a selection of my portraits of composers who have visited Dartington Summer School of Music, some of them on numerous occasions over many years. The exhibition will be in the West Wing of the courtyard at Dartington and can be viewed after the 29 July 2017. Here are two of the images which will be on show – the Japanese composer Somei Satoh, and the English composer Tansy Davies.

The other day I took some publicity and book jacket photos of author Simon Miller whose book Ebolowa – a thriller based on a true story and set in Cameroon – is shortly to be published by Unbound for their new digital list.

A couple of months ago I photographed Alan Lewis Jones a classic model to update his agency photos. This month I photographed another classic model – Janey Goddard – who often works with Alan on fashion shoots.

For a few years now I’ve been photographing the employees of the Dartington based architects Gillespie Yunnie for their website. We always use the same location and each subject brings with them to the photoshoot, an object that says something about their interests and enthusiasms outside the workplace. This is the latest batch……see the rest on their website at

This week I photographed my good friend John Henshaw who will be exhibiting his wonderful paintings at the Harbour House Centre in Kingsbridge from 18-23 August.

At the weekend I documented the Symposium of Ideas, an event organised by Ageing Well Torbay and held at Central Church, Torquay. There were talks, workshops, stories, dancing, advice and many other activities for the over 50s. The day was joyful, informative and great fun…

I came across these photographs while looking in my archive for a cover image for a booklet shortly to be published by the Dartington Hall Trust. They show Dartington College of Arts MA Choreography students in 2010 performing a piece called ‘Naiads’ in and with the River Dart at the last degree shows before the College finally moved to Falmouth.

Last week I took some portfolio photos for a ‘Classic’ male model Alan Lewis Jones who has spent much of his working life in front of the camera. He was a pleasure to photograph – he didn’t make a fuss, had plenty of changes of clothing and didn’t need to be told what to do…

The respected French bow maker Bernard Millant has died age 87 and The Strad magazine are publishing photographs I took of him at a violin conference held at Dartington in 1998. Looking over his shoulder is Pete Oxley, guitarist and bow maker.