Make it look bright

Sometimes being a photographer in the midst of a Scottish autumn (more like winter) can be trying. My brief on a recent assignment, ‘shoot some outdoors portraits of him, make it look bright, cheery, smiling’. It’s October, it’s raining, it’s cold and he’s a politician. What could possible go wrong? Sometimes such a portrait shoot […]

Mikhail Gorbachev in Aberdeen

Many years ago, back in December 1993 I was fortunate enough to photograph former Soviet Premier Mikhail Gorbachev in Aberdeen, Scotland, as he came, accompanied by his wife Raisa, to be awarded the Keys To the City. Yesterday evening I was saddened to hear that he has passed away in Moscow aged 91-years. My photographic […]

Portrait of Anas Sarwar, of Scottish Labour

I recently was commissioned to photograph a portrait of Anas Sarwar, member of Scottish Parliament and leader of the Scottish Labour Party, for the Financial Times. The portrait shoot took place here in Glasgow, just after the interview for the same article. As ever I arrived early and had a scout around the neighbourhood, to […]