Photographer's Note

Questions Of Faith 4 - so far Sikh, Christian, Buddhist and Druid.

Perhaps one of the least understood and previously maligned and ridiculed religions of modern times is that centered around British pagan rites and beliefs. Druidism is on the increase as many people return to defining themselves by nature and their relationship with the land. Mark Graham pictured here is currently the chair of the Council of Faiths in the district i live in and a member of the board of the Strategic Partnership which forwards the interests and growth of the area. He is very knowledgable about the demise and re-creation(s) of Druidism in a UK context through the centuries and has his feet firmly on the ground. More than anyone I met his understanding, deep understanding of nature, engages with the realities of the consequences of human actions on something other than fellow human beings.

It was his idea for a portrait which took us to a local pub - I wanted to photograph him in the forest - but that would have perhaps placed him too much in context. The pub's name and a slightly wider picture can be found in the workshop. He certainly has a well developed sense of humour!

He is playing the harp as I took this image - he and his partner have recently formed a group of folk musicians - playing Celtic and Eastern European dance tunes. Remarkably for someone in 21st Century Britain he lived outside for 12 years in a tepee in Wales, his woodcraft is profound - a walk with him through woodland - day or night - is an education - he is also a master of the contemporary north European sweatlodge.

All round a very interesting and remarkably talented and knowledgeable man.

This is the website of the Charnwood Grove

Tech Note: - I had enormous difficulty with Mark's eyes - we met late afternoon with the sun very low - his eyes are very deep set so trying to get any life - catchlights in his eyes at any distance was near impossible - this distance was slightly more successful and a real close up does the job but loses the harp - I'm thinking maybe we need to re-shoot this one for the exhibition if there's time. I'll see how it prints up on a larger scale.

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