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Messums Wiltshire for Country Life Magazine

One of the things I love most about being a portrait photographer is the variety of my work, the people I meet, and the places I visit.   One day I’m photographing children, another adults, sculptures, interiors,weddings, etc.    One day I’m in Dorset, another Wiltshire, Hampshire, Gloucestershire.   No day or commission is ever the same.

A recent portrait commission from Country Life Magazine took me to the new gallery, Messums, which has recently opened in the Medieval Tithe Barn located in Tisbury, Wiltshire.   Here I had the pleasure of photographing Lord Margadale, the owner of the Tithe barn and Johnny Messum the founder of the gallery.   I was also asked to capture the stunning interior & ceiling of the barn, and their inaugural exhibition of stone and bronze sculptures.

The juxtaposition of the freestanding contemporary pod within the medieval barn, provided the perfect back drop for the portrait of Lord Margadale with Johnny.   The life sized sculptures, reminiscent of Stonehenge in their size and feel of antiquity looked magnificent in this huge space.   My most challenging photograph was capturing Lord Margadale leading his terrifyingly valuable and over excited colts up the Fonthill estate drive.  Sadly this photo wasn’t featured, but I also love the portrait him being fondly nuzzled by the colts.