To take the portrait of Harland Miller, British artist and writer that reimagines classic vintage Penguin Book covers for an international editorial title. At the time of the session Harland was part of the “Voice” Spring / Summer campaign for British brand Dunhill. As such the time from inception to completion was a week, with the view to use an image from the session as a cover image, as the title wanted to capitalise on his visibility with the brand.
The portrait session, which accompanied an interview, took place at Harland’s studio in south London. The aim was to photograph Harland, dressed in Dunhill, surrounded by his works. Arriving at the studio Harland decided to conduct the interview in a local greasy spoon cafe, leaving myself and a representative from Dunhill in his studio for an hour or so which gave me the opportunity to inspect and plan the shoot without being rushed. The Dunhill representative was kind enough to stand in various locations of the studio allowing me to test composition and lighting. The studio itself was comprised of two long corridors connected at both ends with large windows at one end, where an adjoining office was located, which allowed for substantial amounts of natural light to fill the space. The studio was full with works at various stages of completion.
I photographed Harland Miller in several locations during the shoot in both his studio and his office. The studio dimensions allowed for both close up images as well as long images using the length of the corridors to give substantial depth. For the main portrait I chose one of his larger works to fill the background with the bright pink in juxtaposition to the grey clothes.
This image was used as the title cover for their next issue and earned garnered several comments as to what inspired the art director to use the pink background.