We Teach Music

‘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. Series was shot on Portra 160 & 400 film, Mamiya RZ67 Pro ii, 110mm 2.8L lens plus Profoto lighting & modifiers.