Jeremy Irons portrait published in The Guardian Newspaper
To achieve this striking effect you don't need a fancy studio or a large black sheet, in fact all these shots have been taken during the day with the curtains wide open. The black background is achieved by dialing down the aperture until the whole scene turns black, an off camera flash is then introduced to illuminate the subject from one side.
So the Jane Austen Festival is on in Bath this weekend but it's a more niche event that caught my eye. Instead of dressing up in period costume once a year the contestants taking part in this years British Beard and Moustache Championships are committed day in day out. This is most certainly a lifestyle choice!