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8th "Lancieri di Montebello" Regiment (Roma)

8th "Lancieri di Montebello" Regiment (Roma)

Soldati della Repubblica constitutes my second major military portrait project. Following on from Soldiery British Army Portraits, my aim to capture the modern face, tradition and history of the Esercito Italiano.

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Recreating Meditative Renaissance Inspired Religious Scenes

Recreating Meditative Renaissance Inspired Religious Scenes

It’s not unusual for photographers to be inspired by other types of art. As you may have noticed their is a great deal of renaissance Italian influence in my portraiture.

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Recreating Gustave Doré "The Neophyte”

Recreating Gustave Doré "The Neophyte”

Gustave Doré (1832–1883), throughout my career has continued to inspire my work . I even wrote my dissertation on his illustrations of The Crusades. One of his most famous pieces “The Neophyte” shows a young man in a monastery with other monks who are much older and appear to be worn out or suffering. During my last working visit to Los Angeles, I had to chance to recreate the painting with six remarkable actors, Tony Amendola, Peter Van Norden, Leo Marks, Bo Foxworth, James Sutorius and Frank Weitzel.

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Chelsea Pensioner Dougie Hassall Portrait Commission

Chelsea Pensioner Dougie Hassall Portrait Commission

Dougie Hassall is a very extraordinary Chelsea Pensioner, a World War Two Veteran reaching the grand old age of 100. The Royal Hospital in London commissioned me to capture his portrait. It was a very humbling experience to shake the hand of a remarkable 100 year old man. I asked Dougie his secret to old age, his response, “ be kind to one another and live each day to the full”. Indeed words to live by.

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