100 Faces of London



About the technicalities

100 Faces of London was conceived only after many years of observation and reflection and, once adequate funds and time had been identified, it took some further months to explore what might be called the most suitable ‘photographic paradigm’ (lighting, lens, background etc) which would accommodate a very wide range of skin tones, yet maintain the coherence and uniformity required for a large sequence of images.  The project was finally launched at the beginning of 2010, with photography commencing in February of that year;  it was completed within twelve months, with the last image having been captured in January 2011.

The intention, realised through the now determined paradigm, was to create images of Londoners, quite formal portraits, where nothing, especially not the photographic technique, would detract from, or interfere with, the actual face itself.   Thus, all 100 images were captured using a Canon EOS 5D Digital camera, one simple light source, a single fixed-focus lens (a rather special Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II) and a neutral uniform background.   Quite deliberately, the lens was set at a wide aperture (f 4.0) creating a very shallow depth of field;  this allowed the eyes to be kept pin sharp with the rest of the face drifting softy out of focus.  The images were taken in maximum-resolution ‘RAW’ format.  They were then subject to only minimal digital intervention via Apple Aperture and Adobe Photoshop software. 

One of the first pages for the ‘Heritage Book’ to emerge from the Epson Stylus Pro 3880 Printer

The Heritage Book  

The images contained in the ‘Heritage Book’ were printed by the photographer, using advanced Epson ink-jet technology and UltraChome K3 inks with Vivid Magenta.   These inks incorporate high-density pigments,  providing exceptional stability and longevity of the final image.   The paper used was Epson ‘Cold Press Natural’, which is an acid-free, 100% cotton rag paper, ideal for archival usage.   This combination of Epson ink and paper gives an exceptionally wide colour gamut, making it ideal for portraiture.

The completed portraits have been bound into the two planned volumes by Masters Bookbinding of Reading, and they have employed traditional techniques and acid-free materials wherever practicable, so as to impair as little as possible the archival quality of the images.

To see more about the Book, go to ‘Heritage Book’ on the top menu bar.