Fayum – Clive Strutt
Clive Strutt, South Ronaldsay, Orkney. June, 1983
platinum-palladium print from 8×10″ negative
A dear friend, with home I shared many eccentric moments, Clive is a (I think wonderful) composer. He still lives in Orkney. As I consider the fayiumi, and reflect on my early portraits such as this one, the circular nature of influences surprises me. Clive introduced me to the beauty of Eastern Orthodox Church music, and I cannot help but marvel at the linkages between Greece, Egypt, and early Christianity in terms of both music and the portrayal of the face. Needless to say, the music of Arvo Part now forms the rim of my sensory crucible. But at the time this image was made, Clive was very patiently nudging me from the French Impressionists (Satie especially— and I think that shows in the portrait of Clive) to Gustav Holst and William Blake. I will be forever grateful.