About the Book
The Belle have metamorphosed over more than 20 years. The first of these photos was carried out as a bit of light hearted fun in response to a call for entries in a painting competition in 1988. As I was not a painter I did a facetious take on a well known painting. At the beginning the Belle were parodies of famous paintings, in which it was part of the game to compare my version with the original; but over the last few years the pictures have tended to be not so much based on the old masters, but inspired by them, the relationship more tenuous. There are nigh on 75 photos in this book taken over more or less my entire professional life as a photographer. If on average the exposure time for each picture was 1/60 second that means my life’s work amounts to little more than a second.