Every Picture Tells A Story

Stephen Fry - London 2009.

‘Stephen Fry has a halo encircling his head. This photo is cropped so tight you cannot see it, which is why he looks so pissed off. He’s surrounded by an invisible bureaucratic machine, yet he has such a kind heart. Sometimes the strict machine is entirely inefficient.’  

- Matthew R Lewis.





William, the chimney sweep is my imitation of Christ.

‘Chymenay: in figurative uses meaning the furnace of hell, the mouth of the volcano.’

Man at KIngs Cross Sweet Counter. Christmas Eve in Court. Wife was killed by a thief.



This stranger’s face echoes the saddest story.

 ‘It was Christmas Eve. We came for the festivities. Someone grabbed her handbag. She was pushed upon some railings. Today in court I saw the face of the man who took the life of my beloved wife’. 

Richard Winsor (Dorian Gray)

'Every portrait that is painted with feeling is a portrait of the artist, not of the sitter.

- Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde's story and the fading portrait was a favourite of Matthew's.

He wanted to make a portrait of the lead dancer Richard Winsor in Matthew Bourne's 'Dorian Gray' and rang Lez Brotherston, the shows designer and an old friend, to see if it was possible. Lez made the introductions

and above is the result, along with Matthew's words below.

'It made my day when the telephone rang. Dorian Gray was on the phone, in reply to my letter requesting I photograph him at The Sadlers Wells Theatre. The opportunity to photograph this young man transcending time was so enticing.

I broke into a sweat even before my first exposure, and I found myself swimming in a pool of water.

There’s no doubt about it, I too would give the devil a lingering smile in return for another fraction of a second in the presence of Matthew Bourne’s muse, the 'prima ballerina' of ‘Further Adventures’, Richard Winsor.

However, the question remains, did I like Basil Hallward reveal too much of my soul in the simple execution

of one picture?' - Matthew R Lewis



"Sir Ian McKellen is the leading actor of his generation, a man whose stage career is strewn with superlatives and awards. For the past two years, he has fought to get his interpretation of Shakespeare's Richard III onto the silver screen. As the film opens in London. Sir Ian talks to Tilly McAuley about his life, his work, and his decision to come out publicly as gay at the age of 49."

GEORGE O'DOWD, D.J., Singer and Song Writer.

Cover Proposal for i-D Magazine, The Tough Issue.


'Boy George is a living legend: a star who burned brightly, and then burned out on excess. As he prepares to publish his tell-all autobiography, he talks about drugs, dead friends, and how he faced up to the emptiness which nearly destroyed him. When he was just a fifteen year old George O'Dowd, he'd turn the lights out in his bedroom and listen to records in darkness. Eyes closed, imagination ablaze, he'd play David Bowie's The Man Who Sold The World and trip out to it's lyric of 'painting our faces and dressing in thoughts from the skies'. He didn't know it then but, like Bowie, the man who painted his face and the man who fell to earth would turn out to be apt metaphors for the story of his life.' 


Words by Tony Marcus.


"Pedro Almodovar, Spanish master of sex and kitsch cinema, maker of "Women On The Verge Of Having A Nervous Breakdown" and "High Heels", isn't just out to shock these days - now he wants to make you angry as well.. Say hello to the new, abrasive Almodovar. Almodovar gets all tied up."


David Eimer. i-D Magazine. The Fun Issue.


'One Man And His Horror.'

''After 'The fly' and 'Dead Ringers' David Cronenberg filmed William Burroughs' novel 'The Naked Lunch', a book full of body mutations, weird science, strange sex and orgasmic violence. How does Burroughs' nightmare vision translate to the screen?''

Steve Beard. i-D Magazine. The Technology Issue.

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