Field Marshal The Lord Guthrie Portrait Sitting

Soldiery as a project, has given me the opportunity to indulge my historical ambitions. One of these creative urges has been to photograph a British Field Marshal.

 

Field Marshal is the most senior rank of the British Army. Higher than all the Generals I’ve captured thus far. Considered a five star rank in today’s modern militaries. In the British Army, Field Marshal has been the most senior rank since 1736.

 

Since the end of Empire, the rank has become somewhat redundant, this is due to the reduction in the size of Britain’s Armed Forces. The rank is now ceremonial, a gift of recognition from the sovereign to senior military figures, and bestowed on members of the Royal Family.

 

I wrote to several Field Marshal’s and to my delight a reply, Field Marshal The Lord Guthrie accepted my invitation to sit for a Portrait in London.

 

Field Marshal Guthrie, Baron Guthrie of CraigiebankGCBLVOOBEDL was Chief of the General Staff, the professional head of the British Army, from 1994 to 1997 and Chief of the Defence Staff from 1997 until his retirement in 2001.

Field Marshal The Lord Guthrie Portrait Sitting, London Portrait Photographer Rory Lewis

Guthrie’s military career saw service with the Welsh Guards and the Special Air Service; he was closely involved in military operations in Northern Ireland and provided advice to the British Government during the Bosnian War and the Kosovo War.

 

In 2012 Lord Guthrie was handed his Field Marshal’s Baton, in recognition of his remarkable leadership and service by Her Royal Highness Queen Elizabeth II . You can view a Pathe News Clip of another Field Marshal Jan Smuts being handed his Baton back in 1941.

(Below Field Marshals Baton Presented to Field Marshal Jan Smuts OM, CH, ED, PC, KC, FRS)

The Baton is the main symbol of office, only given to Field Marshals. It stems back to ancient origins; namely those of the Roman Empire. A short heavy white Baton was a symbol of  the Imperial Mandate given to Roman Military Legates. The Legate would hold the baton upon high, proclaiming, “above your head and mine to represent the power of the emperor”.

 

The British Field Marshal’s Baton is a symbol of the magnitude of office. The figure of St George and the Dragon is at the top, and at the bottom an inscription from The Queen to Lord Guthrie. The body of the Baton is covered with red velvet.

 

Field Marshal The Lord Guthrie Portrait Sitting, London Portrait Photographer Rory Lewis

Looking for inspiration I started with Sir Thomas Lawrence, studying his portraits of the Duke of Wellington.  Neo Classical in Style; Lawrence painted the Iron Duke on several occasions. His most vivid depiction, a triumphant portrait of Wellington which dominates the Waterloo Chamber at Windsor Castle. Lawrence’s composition is that of victory, heralding Wellington as the finest of military commanders and the liberator of Europe.

Sir Thomas Lawrence (1769-1830)
Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington (1769-1852) 1814-15

Then I moved on to looking at Singer Sargent’s portrait of Field Marshal Frederick Sleigh Roberts. The work similar to Sir Thomas Lawrence’s neo-classical depictions.  I turned to photography, browsing the National Portrait Gallery archive, I discovered the photographer Alexander Bassano, who photographed Field Marshal Hague. The portrait captured in a solemn and dutiful style, the depictions relay the finery, yet the obligation and commitment of Hague’s role.

Douglas Haig, 1st Earl Haig by Bassano Ltd whole-plate glass negative, 19 July 1921 Alexander Bassano

With all this in mind I set to work, with a desire to create my own interpretation. Using a red velvet backdrop, I aimed to recreate the symbolism of the fire and blood, that is the Red Coat. The British Military Uniform associated with energy, war, danger, strength and Royal power. These words associate with the office of Field Marshal. Full finery was the order of the day, medals, orders, and number one dress uniform. Wanting to portray Lord Guthrie as the man he is; the Commander held in immense regard.

 

The positions directed for the sitting are reflective, shooting from a low angle to make Lord Guthrie look prominent and tall. Harsh lighting is utilised to preserve the detail. To me the Portrait is historical , a document, all the detail must be safeguarded. With this in mind I hope I’ve done my predecessors, proud in this my first portrait sitting with a British Field Marshal. Currently I’m accepting public & private commissions both Military and Non Military for Portrait Sittings so please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

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Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry London Portrait Sittings

A company of the 2nd Battalion Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry took up the temporary role of mounting the Queen’s Guard at Buckingham Palace last month. The honour usually falls to the British Army’s Household Division. However, other Commonwealth Nations get a chance at protecting the Queen every now and again. Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry is based in Shilo, Manitoba, Canada. Named after Princess Patricia of Connaught, daughter of the then-Governor General of Canada. Contacting the regiment upon their arrival in London. I arranged a series of portrait sittings with the company at Wellington Barracks, before they mounted the Queens Guard. The sitting gave me the chance to record living History, Canadian Regiments rarely appear in London for state duties.

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The 2PPCLI uniforms differ slightly to British Soldiers, especially their helmets. They are called Pith helmets, and the choice of helmet style comes down to historical precedent specific to each regiment. You may also notice that the helmets the officers wear are entirely white, while the non-commissioned members have a coloured fabric on theirs. In the case of the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry, that colour is ‘French Grey’ which is the colour of the Third Canadian Division.

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Accustomed to photographing British Soldiers for my ‘Soldiery Portrait Exhibition‘ it was refreshing to work with a Canadian Regiment. A real pleasure to work with the chaps. Its true what they say, Canadians are among the most polite people in the world.

 

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London Photography Workshops

Rory Lewis Photographer has made an outstanding contribution to photography and the visual arts, creating consistently imaginative and thought-provoking portraits. Sir Ian McKellen, Sir Patrick Stewart, Ian McShane, Sir Derek Jacobi, Natalie Dormer, and many others have sat for Rory and his unique style is becoming renown.

London! Five Photography Workshops on their way over the Summer/Autumn. From Portraiture, to Fine Art Nude. You can learn more in one day than months of reading about photographic technique.

 

Whether you are a total beginner or a semi-professional photographer. Rory’s Professional Digital Photography Courses will give you the knowledge and hands-on practical experience to succeed as a Freelance Photographer or to simply make better photos as a Hobby.

 

ALL courses are practical tuition sessions giving you plenty of time to learn hands on the skills taught. Enabling you to work with professional models on the day and capture amazing photography for your portfolio. Group sizes are kept small to 10-15 delegates so you can get hands on in the practical tutorials. Rory uses fun, practical learning techniques for all his digital photography courses. You will work professional models to hone your skills and walk away with new photography techniques.

London Portrait Masterclass Rory Lewis Photography School Tuition

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” In one word “Inspiring” “Rory was open to and encouraged all questions, which were answered in detail. Rory shared his extensive lighting knowledge in addition to how to bring out the character in a portrait subject in a fun. informal, enjoyable manner. Would recommend this course to any portrait photographer wanting to improve their craft.” 

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“Excellent photography workshop. We went through 8 different light set ups starting with a single light source and ending up with two light sources with the tightest control of the light. There was a lot to take in and was very happy with the photos I took. The breadth of the material covered was excellent. Very pleased to have attended. Thanks Rory!”

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PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHY MASTERCLASS

Saturday 29th July 2017

10:00am-16:00pm

Calumet Photographic, 93-103 Drummond Street, London NW1 2HJ

Ultra Sharp Fixed Prime Nikon D300s & 50mm F1.8 Rory Lewis Photographer

You will walk away from this course with the skill to develop and improve your portrait photography techniques. From Beginners to Intermediate Photographers, these sessions cater for the amateur and semi-professional. Learn studio flash lighting, develop your understanding of studio technique and test using photographic models.


Low Key (Chiaroscuro Lighting) Portrait Masterclass

Saturday, 26th August, 2017

10:00am-16:00pm

Calumet Photographic, 93-103 Drummond Street, London NW1 2HJ

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In this practical workshop you will learn how to use the correct lighting methods to sculpt the light perfectly illuminating your subjects in low key. We will utilise different modifiers including barn doors, snoots, reflectors, and Flags. Working with a Professional Model with amazing bone structure and facial expression. This course is a MUST for all those enthusiastic portrait photographers who want to improve their low key lighting technique and capture amazing shots for their portfolios.

 


PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHY MASTERCLASS

Saturday 30th September 2017

10:00am-16:00pm

Calumet Photographic, 93-103 Drummond Street, London NW1 2HJ

You will walk away from this course with the skill to develop and improve your portrait photography techniques. From Beginners to Intermediate Photographers, these sessions cater for the amateur and semi-professional. Learn studio flash lighting, develop your understanding of studio technique and test using photographic models.

 


FINE ART NUDE MASTERCLASS

Saturday, October 21st, 2017

10:00am-16:00pm

Calumet Photographic, 93-103 Drummond Street, London NW1 2HJ

 

“This Course is a Must for the Art Nude Photographer, On the Day a published art nude model will be modelling throughout the Workshop” Great chance to capture a diverse portfolio.


LOW KEY/INTERMEDIATE PORTRAIT MASTERCLASS

Saturday 28th October 2017

10:00am-16:00pm

Calumet Photographic, 93-103 Drummond Street, London NW1 2HJ

In this practical workshop you will learn how to use the correct lighting methods to sculpt the light perfectly illuminating your subjects in low key. We will utilise different modifiers including barn doors, snoots, reflectors, and Flags. Working with a Professional Model with amazing bone structure and facial expression. This course is a MUST for all those enthusiastic portrait photographers who want to improve their low key lighting technique and capture amazing shots for their portfolios.


Phase One

Thank you to Phase One for interviewing me about my recent projects. It was wonderful to share my experience with the XF IQ1 40MP Camera System. If you are considering medium format you should take note, whether shooting fashion, landscape or products; detail is paramount. Take a look at the article below.

London & Los Angeles Portrait Photographer Rory Lewis

Simon Rhoden London Actors Headshots

Actor Simon Rhoden currently starring in the London Musical Kinky Boots. Arranged his Actors Headshot Session at the London Studio. Needing an update for his Spotlight and Casting Call Pro Pages. Simon opted for my unique and professional service.

 

Based in the centre of London, with a studio in Farrington. I can offer a comprehensive Actors Headshots Service. I have developed my own unique style of working with actors ensuring their photographic headshot experience is an enjoyable; relaxed session; to create the very best in Actors Headshots.

 

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Easter Weekend London Portrait Masterclass

Have you decided what you want to do this coming Easter Weekend; Saturday 15th & Sunday 16th April 2017? Look no further as Rory Lewis Photographer will be holding a special Two Day Weekend Masterclasses in Portraiture. Taking place at Calumet Photographic’s flagship store in Camden, Central London. Working with professional agency models, internationally published and boasting amazing bone structure. This course is a MUST for aspiring beginner and intermediate portrait photographer. Who want to learn and develop their studio & location Photography, build their portfolios, under the guidance of a seasoned pro. Particularly those photographers interested in creating Model, Wedding, Beauty, Actors, Talent & Corporate Portraiture should look at attending this workshop.

Work with Professional Models Test using State of the Art Equipment

About Tutor

 

Rory Lewis is a British professional portrait photographer from Liverpool UK, his body of work includes countless celebrity sittings with Actors such as Sir Patrick Stewart, William ShatnerSir Ian McKellen, Sir Derek Jacobi, Natalie Dormer, Ian McShane, Iain Glen and many other Portraits of Musicians and men and women of accomplishment. Rory’s work has been acquired by the National Portrait Gallery in London & Lectures at the National Portrait Gallery & Victoria & Albert Museum , and his recent Photography Exhibitions Northerners Photography & Expressive have received Nationwide Recognition being featured by the BBC and National Press & Television. Rory’s client list includes Pepsi, Cancer Research UK, The Times. Rory’s inspirations include Renaissance Portraiture and German Expressionist Cinema.

London Easter Weekend Portrait Photography Masterclass Saturday 15th & Sunday 16th April 2017 With Celebrity Portrait Photographer Rory Lewis

 

Calumet Photographic Ltd, 99-103 Drummond St, Kings Cross, London NW1 2HJ

“Both Days are practical tuition sessions – learning hands-on-skills and enabling you to work with professional models  to capture amazing photographs for your portfolio. You will walk away from this course with the skills to develop and improve your photography techniques, learn studio flash lighting, develop your understanding of studio & location technique.”


London Portrait Masterclass Rory Lewis Photography School Tuition

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Day One 

10:00am Rory Lewis Talk on the Medium of Portraiture

10.45am Coffee & Refreshments (Provided)

11.00 am Power & Portraiture, Rory will teach beginners low key lighting, posing and direction to create an epic portrait.

12:30pm Lunch

13:15pm Beauty Portraiture,Rory will teach high key lighting & beauty portraiture.

14.30pm The Culture Portrait, Rory will teach you how to light low key portraits with Gels & Kickers.

16:00pm  Rory Lewis Will Sum up the Day & Prepare you for Day Two

17:00pm Close


Day Two

10:00am Rory Lewis Talk on Location Portraiture

10:45 Coffee & Refreshments (Provided)

11:00am Location Portraiture Lighting

13:00pm Lunch

13.45pm Low Key Portrait Lighting Mastered

15:45pm Rory Lewis will Sum up the Two Day Workshop

16:00pm Close


Testimonials

“In one word “Inspiring” “Rory was open to and encouraged all questions, which were answered in detail. Rory shared his extensive lighting knowledge in addition to how to bring out the character in a portrait subject in a fun. informal, enjoyable manner. Would recommend this course to any portrait photographer wanting to improve their craft.”
Dorothy Via ReviewCentre.com


“Excellent photography workshop. We went through 8 different light set ups starting with a single light source and ending up with two light sources with the tightest control of the light. There was a lot to take in and was very happy with the photos I took. The breadth of the material covered was excellent. Very pleased to have attended. Thanks Rory!”
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Victoria & George Cross National Portrait Gallery Acquisitions

National Portrait Gallery Rory Lewis PhotographerWe are pleased to announce that a series of portraits of Victoria & George Cross Holders captured by Rory Lewis Photographer, have been acquired by the National Portrait Gallery London.  The Portraits where taken for the ‘Victoria & George Cross Association.

 

Founded in 1856, the aim of the National Portrait Gallery is ‘to promote through the medium of portraits the appreciation and understanding of the men and women who have made and are making British history and culture, and … to promote the appreciation and understanding of portraiture in all media’. It is an absolute honour to increase my acquisitions from One Portrait to Five Portraits now in the galleries archive. The Gallery having previously acquired my portrait of Actor David Warner.

Peter Norton GC, Bill Speakman VC, London Portrait Photographer Rory Lewis

Peter Norton GC, Bill Speakman VC, London Portrait Photographer Rory Lewis

Margaret Vaughan GC, Rambahadur Limbu VC London Portrait Photographer Rory Lewis

Margaret Vaughan GC, Rambahadur Limbu VC London Portrait Photographer Rory Lewis

The Sea Lord’s

Recently I had the honor of photographing a very historic series of portrait sittings. Commissioned by The Royal Navy. To Photograph the outgoing First Sea Lord Admiral Sir George Zambellas. The sittings took place at Admiralty House in Portsmouth. I was also able to capture portraits of the First Sea Lord’s Staff. Second Sea Lord Vice Admiral Jonathan Woodcock, Flag Lieutenant (Capt Sam Shepherd GC) and Master Seaman Rob Martin.

 

Embarrassingly this was my first visit to the Naval Port City. Surrounded by the History, Admiralty House is a stones-throw away from the iconic HMS Victory and the vast array of the Royal Navy’s powerful arsenal of Warships. The Portrait sittings were very enjoyable, and I took inspiration from the feast of Naval Portraits hanging on the walls in Admiralty House.

Admiral Sir George Michael Zambellas, GCB, DSC, ADC, DL, FRAeS Rory Lewis London Portrait Photographer

Admiral Sir George Michael Zambellas, GCB, DSC, ADC, DL, FRAeS Rory Lewis London Portrait Photographer

Vice Admiral Simon Jonathan Woodcock, OBE, Rory Lewis London Portrait Photographer

Vice Admiral Simon Jonathan Woodcock, OBE, Rory Lewis London Portrait Photographer

Flag Lieutenant (Capt Sam Shepherd GC) London Portrait Photographer Rory Lewis

Flag Lieutenant (Capt Sam Shepherd GC) London Portrait Photographer Rory Lewis

Master Seaman Rob Martin, London Portrait Photographer Rory Lewis

Master Seaman Rob Martin, London Portrait Photographer Rory Lewis

Royal Photographic Society Journal November 2016

Thank you to the Royal Photographic Society for Publishing one of my latest Portrait Sittings with the men of the 3rd Batalion the Parachutte Regiment.  The feature offers a unique behind the scenes look into my Soldiery Portrait Exhibition. With a behind the scenes view to how I work and the equipment I use. Click Here to View more information about my Soldiery Portrait Exhibition.

 

Since January 2016 I have been photographing members of the British Army for my project Soldiery. I’ve so far captured hundreds of different subjects in a bid to accurately represent the army in the second decade of the 21st century.

 

Photographing soldiers from a number of regiments, including the Grenadier Guards, The Royal Welsh, The Royal Irish and The Gurkhas, all of which will appear in a future exhibition and accompanying when the project is complete.

 

Just last month, I visited the 3rd battalion parachute regiment near Colchester and photographed a diverse group of soldiers. The battalion has been active since 1941, playing a central during battles in north Africa and Italy during WWII.

 

Photographing military personnel comes with a unique set of challenges. You need to gain their trust, which requires some initial paperwork prior to going to the base. None of this, however, got in the way of me capturing loads of great shots of the soldiers – thanks to their patience and hospitality. In particular, I really wanted to get some full-length group shots of the soldiers in combat gear and with their equipment. Below, in the RPS feature I take you through how I got these shots from a technical perspective, offering an insight into what a barracks photoshoot entails.

Royal Photographic Society Rory Lewis Photographer Parachute Regiment Military Portraiture

Royal Photographic Society Rory Lewis Photographer Parachute Regiment Military Portraiture

Royal Photographic Society Rory Lewis Photographer Parachute Regiment Military Portraiture

Royal Photographic Society Rory Lewis Photographer Parachute Regiment Military Portraiture

Royal Photographic Society Rory Lewis Photographer Parachute Regiment Military Portraiture

Royal Photographic Society Rory Lewis Photographer Parachute Regiment Military Portraiture

Marleen Matthews Actress Headshots

Dutch Actress Marleen Matthews arranged her Actress Headshots at the London Studio last month. It was a pleasure to work with Marleen; a very experienced Actress. Marleen was in need of new headshots to illustrate her acting ability. Directing Marleen to assume different expressions and characters we created an exceptional new representation of Marleen’s Talent as an Actress.

Rory Lewis Photographer London Actors Headshots

Rory Lewis Photographer London Actors Headshots

Make the Right Choice for Your Actors Headshots. Professional, Inventive Relaxed Sessions with No Time Limit. Rory Lewis Actors Headshots Photographer Based in Liverpool, weekly sessions also available in Manchester, Leeds, London. Based in Liverpool and holding sessions monthly in ManchesterLeeds & London studios. Rory has developed his own unique style of working with actors ensuring their photographic headshot experience is an enjoyable; relaxed session; to create the very best in Actors Headshots.

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