About ‘The Attitudes’ Project

'Anguish' Attitude from Acting Manual circa 1870
‘Anguish’ Attitude from Acting Manual circa 1870

The Attitudes is an ongoing stills project raising funds & awareness for charity Acting for Others, featuring a broad span of contemporary stage & screen performers in an examination & celebration of the art of acting.

Culminating in an exhibition and coffee table book that will raise funds for the charity, it will eventually feature 70+ striking, fine-art quality portraits.

What were the Attitudes? a school of acting that held sway for centuries, whereby actors learned specific postures to communicate emotions like fear, despair, joy, or love. There are nearly 100 in ‘A Manual of Acting’ (1870). Some seem deeply melodramatic or laugh-out-loud funny to a modern eye, others still ring true today.

IMG_20160715_153050 The Images: for a sense of the project to date, see the gallery of portraits in Personal Work, shot with actors including Gemma Arterton, Nicholas Pinnock David Rintoul, Gina Beck & Olivia Poulet. I work by either remaking a classic pose with an actor to bring it alive today, or by finding a modern version.

The Shoots: normally a 30 minute shooting time, at my Zone 1, Waterloo studio.


Exhibit: In May 2017, shots from the project were exhibited at The Globe Theatre for a month:


Judi Dench, Maggie Smith and those with awards (me, far right)

Also in May 2017, the contribution the project has made to date was recognised at the inaugural Acting for Others President’s Awards

About Acting for Others: led by President Dame Judi Dench, the charity offers financial & emotional assistance and support to entertainment professionals working on or offstage, behind or in front of camera, who have fallen on hard times. actingforothers.co.uk

Participating: if you (or your organisation) would like to participate, please contact me, using the details on this page.


Diversity: I want the project to reflect the breadth diversity of the acting community today, and have, so far, worked in partnership with organisations including diversity champions The Triforce Creative Network and learning disabled/autistic theatre company Access All Areas. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you can help on this important score!