Richard Scholey, CD, Elmwood and Chase Advertising:
I consider myself very lucky to be able to make a living doing a job I enjoy. Yes we perform an important function but it can all become a bit irritating when we take ourselves too seriously or think we are some sort of celebrity. At the end of the day our job, certainly from a graphic designers perspective, is simply to aid communication, to tell stories and to do it in as visually engaging a way as we can. If it’s appropriate and we can raise a smile at the same time then all the better.
Dr Cecilia d'Felice's psychological interpretation:
This portrait is so open and engaging that it instantly raises the spirits. It is unequivocal in its message, so brilliantly put in words by Rudyard Kipling in the background. The gaze is frank, generous, positive and kind. This is a man who knows who he is and what he cares about. The spectacles denote an intellectual quality, yet they are held carelessly in his hand, almost an afterthought. The hand raised to his chin suggest thoughtfulness, Rodin’s “Thinker’ made flesh, but not in an introspective agony, more playfully accessible. His intelligence is apparent: he ‘gets’ that life is best walked lightly, with humour and grace. There is no need for specious power games or egregious ego. Here is a gentleman, in every sense: open to life, open to possibility, open to us.