In 2011, as well as documenting music making at the Dartington International Summer School, I joined forces with my co-photographer that year, Alice Carfrae, to frame musicians and composers in front of a portable backdrop. Irving Penn was an obvious influence. In our case, part of the impulse was to isolate our subjects within the idyllic English garden landscape.
Composers Mira Calix and Tansy Davies: Mira Calix is a South African-born, British-based artist signed to Warp Records. Her earlier music is almost exclusively electronic but in recent years she has incorporated classical instrumentation. Tansy Davies is an English composer of contemporary classical music. The composition for this photo gives a nod to the Penn photograph of Max Ernst and his wife Dorothea Tanning.