‘We Teach Music’ is a far reaching journey through the length & breath of the UK capturing music teachers in their regular school working environment. Commissioned by Musical Futures - the 20 location, 20 portrait series details a network of educators committed to developing & sustaining innovation in the music classroom.
Shot back-to-back over 15 days whilst driving 2,156 miles + boarding planes, such a trip is increasingly rare - a bold decision to allow a photographer to fill a car full of equipment and start such a visual odyssey. I’m very grateful to MF for the opportunity.
My wish was to pictorially chronicle several themes to create a snapshot of the UK’s music departments. The teachers’ personalities featured heavily but with a strong contextual reference to their working surroundings.
I wanted to illustrate the huge variety in building design, construction and condition found in the UK’s schools, along with the personal objects many teachers bring into their cherished classrooms.
A subsequent book was published at received a launch day at 93 Feet East, which you can read more about here.
Series was shot on Portra 160 & 400 film, Mamiya RZ67 Pro ii, 110mm 2.8L lens plus Profoto lighting & modifiers. Browse the photographs here.