About the Book
From 2003 to 2006 I brought my White Tent to a muddy field in Glastonbury as a guest of Lost Vagueness.
Lost Vagueness started back in 1986, hidden away in the craziness of Glastonbury Festival.
Evenings consisted of an anarchic population of performers and guests in a fantasy vaudevillian city – in which anyone could become anything they wanted. Guests were performers, performers were guests - the only rule being that all who entered donned their
party evening wear and stepped away from the mundanities of life.
The Lost Vagueness field has attracted more and more attention during the growth of Glastonbury Festival – partly because it seems to many people to represent the noncommercial, surreal equality that embodies the spirit of the festival.
My White Tent is a free photographic studio: anyone can come inside, and together, we make pictures. We always seem to have a private party while making the portraits: most people, when they come inside the studio, feel relaxed and enjoy the immediate intimacy of the white room.
I was born in London in 1948. Having originally studied theoretical chemistry I won a scholarship from the Royal College of Art to do an MA in photography. This opportunity saw the start of my career, which began in 1976 when I won the Vogue Award and worked as a staff photographer for the magazine. I have produced several books, founded the Network photographers agency and photographed for magazines throughout the world including Life & National Geographic and received the Oscar Barnac award in 1991 In recent years, my work has become more diverse: I have been working on short films, explored different styles of portraiture and have worked extensively for corporate and advertising clients. I am currently working on 3 major projects, a film entitled Flow, Visual Noise (an exploration of image & messaging in the visual landscape) and “The White Tent”, a portrait project using a mobile white tent across the UK from Glastonbury to a festival of erotica.