The Victoria Cross & George Cross Portrait Project has been an exceptionally challenging, yet rewarding portraiture project. Individuals who have been awarded the Victoria Cross have been selected because they are worthy of Britain, Australia, Canada and New Zealand’s highest military award for their bravery and conduct in the field. Similarly, those awarded the George Cross are civilians or military personnel who have displayed conspicuous bravery in and away from the field. These awards are not issued lightly. They are the very greatest honour for individual valour and merit. These individuals are the modern day heroes.
Over the next few week’s I’ll be posting all the VC & GC recipients in a series of Blog Posts. Here is my Fourth post in the series, recipient Rambahadur Limbu, VC, MVO. (View Full Series of Posts)
“On 21st November 1965 in the Bau District of Sarawak Lance Corporal RAMBAHADUR LIMBU was with his Company when they discovered and attacked a strong enemy force located in the Border area… Leading his support group in the van of the attack he could see the nearest trench and in it a sentry manning a machine gun. Determined to gain first blood he inched himself forward until… he was seen and the sentry opened fire, immediately wounding a man to his right. Rushing forward he reached the enemy trench… and killed the sentry, thereby gaining for the attacking force a foothold on the objective… with a complete disregard for the hail of fire he got together and led his fire group to a better fire position…
…he saw both men of his own group seriously wounded… and… immediately commenced… to rescue his comrades… he crawled forward, in full view of at least two enemy machine gun posts who concentrated their fire on him… but… was driven back by the accurate and intense… fire… After a pause he started again…
Rushing forward he hurled himself on the ground beside one of the wounded and calling for support from two light machine guns… he picked up the man and carried him to safety… Without hesitation he immediately returned… [for the other] wounded man [and] carried him back… through the hail of enemy bullets. It had taken twenty minutes to complete this gallant action and the events leading up to it. For all but a few seconds this Non-Commissioned Officer had been moving alone in full view of the enemy and under the continuous aimed fire of their automatic weapons… His outstanding personal bravery, selfless conduct, complete contempt of the enemy and determination to save the lives of the men of his fire group set an incomparable example and inspired all who saw him.
Finally, Lance Corporal Rambahadur was responsible for killing four more enemy as they attempted to escape…
He displayed heroism, self sacrifice and a devotion to duty and to his men of the very highest order. His actions on this day reached a zenith of determined, premeditated valour which must count amongst the most notable on record and is deserving of the greatest admiration and the highest praise.”
Very pleased to announce for the first time I’ll be speaking and holding live demonstrations at the Photography Show NEC Birmingham 18-21 March 2017. Please take the opportunity to come along, gain advice, tips, and tricks on how to succeed as a professional photographer and learn lighting and directional techniques.
Directing your portraits (Live Stage – Hall 5)
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Thank you to everyone who attended my Three Day Portrait Photography Workshop at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. It was wonderful to teach such a diverse group with several of the attendees coming from Portugal Belgium and France. The workshop was a pleasure to teach, with access to an immense collection of art to inspire the delegates throughout the three days.
Working with three unique models on each day the delegates were able to hone their skills, learning how to light and direct subjects for many different situations. The delegates were then able to plan and execute their own photoshoots with the models taking inspiration from the galleries collection of portraiture.
I’m looking forward to returning to the V&A next year to teach another workshop. If you are interested in my Photography Courses, I have a range of workshops on offer including group as well as One-to-One Sessions.
Actor Joseph Derrington arranged his Actors Headshots update at the London Studio this week. Joseph was in need of an update for his Acting Agency, Spotlight and Casting Call Profile. Over the years 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. Joseph was very kind to leave me a review below,
Written on: 08/03/2016 by JDerrington
I have had a few headshot sessions and photoshoots before and I hate having my picture taken. I was put immediately at ease and given slight directions to help change stance and also the thought process for each photo. The pictures themselves are of high quality (even before editing) and in terms of value for money, I would say that for photos of this quality and the quantity of images that you can get afterwards, is phenomenally good value.
I can’t wait for 2 years down the line when I will need new ones. Thanks!
Air Chief Marshal Sir Andrew Pulford is Britain’s top RAF officer and leads the Royal Airforce. I was delighted when Sir Andrew accepted my invitation to sit for a portrait at RAF High Wycombe. Sir Andrew is one of the RAF’s most experienced helicopter pilots. During his flying career he accumulated over 5000 hours on both Wessex and Chinook Helicopters, serving primarily in Germany with No 18 Squadron but including exchange tours with the Royal Navy’s Commando Helicopter Force and the Royal Australian Air Force. He has commanded in every rank and has seen operational service in Northern Ireland, the Falkland Islands, Lebanon, the Balkans and the Gulf. Aiming to capture Sir Andrew’s vast experience and leadership, I opted for a solemn emotionless pose. Asking Pulford to pose in dress uniform.
‘Expressive‘ my latest portrait exhibition opened in Liverpool last night. It was wonderful to hang my latest portrait project in my home city before it travels to London on 29/10/15. The evening was a wonderful success, I really enjoyed sharing my work and stories from the sittings. Thank you to Gaelle Legrand for taking the time to interview me and feature the exhibit on her Bay TV Arts Alive Programme, you can view the interview above. Thank you also to Lord Mayor Lady Mayoress of Liverpool Tony & Ann Concepcion who came to have a sneak preview of the work. I presented the Lord Mayor with a copy of my book ‘Portraitist‘.
As luck would have it this week while on assignment in Los Angeles Actor Mark Margolis, and his wife Actress Jacqueline Margolis were staying in the same Studio City hotel. I recognised Mark in the lobby having a sneaky cigarette, and introduced myself, he was very approachable and chatty. Mark has starred in dozens & dozens of films, from 1492 to Hannibal, The Wrestler and of course Scarface. I was very keen to talk about his role in the Television Series Breaking Bad, as the notorious man with the Bell, Hector “Tio” Salamanca. Mentioning to Mark I was shooting in LA, I asked if he would like to sit for a portrait.
Delighted with my offer of a portrait sitting mark accepted and from a chance encounter I was able to capture some wonderful frames of Mark and his wife Jacqueline, who was also happy to sit for a portrait. It was an amazing experience to work with an Actor of such talent, and it goes to show great things can happen just by chance.
Steven Berkoff is an English actor who has also enjoyed prominent success as an author, playwright and theatre director. Often cast as the ‘big bad’ in his films, he has appeared in the likes of Rambo: First Blood Part II, Octopussy and as Adolf Hitler in the TV mini-series War and Remembrance. Recently, you may have spotted him alongside Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara in David Fincher’s version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.
Arriving at Steven’s home in London I was a little apprehensive over what to expect. I’d heard rumours that he was difficult to work with, and his reputation as the go-to bad guy was beginning to put the fear of God up me. My nervousness was soon put to rest and it was an absolute treat to sit and work with this seasoned veteran.
Having spent time as a photographer himself, Steven took quite an interest in my work, and I his. He was full of well-informed input during the photoshoot which made the whole thing feel very collaborative. As each frame passed, I noticed that he was able to tell a different story with every pose. Flicking through the images was like reading a novel. Through the power of his expression alone, Steven constructed a beginning, middle and end to the session which was simply a joy to behold.